Pune: While the State observed an unusual day due to Maharashtra Bandh on Thursday, a kind gesture of humankind was observed on the digital world. As many as 21,600 people from 22 towns including Pune, Daund, Kolhapur, Baramati have signed up online and pledged for organ donation.
An organ donation awareness programme was organised by Rotary District 3131 on Thursday between 11 am to 7 pm.
Citizens pledged to donate their organs by logging on to www.giftlife.co.in. The Organ Donation Day in India is observed on August 13.
The organisers have claimed that this has broken the previous Guinness World Record of 3,316 people registering online to pledge organ donation in a day.
Rotarian Shailesh Palekar, District Governor of Rotary District 3131 expressed that the project undertaken by the club has become a people’s movement in a real sense. “Through
‘Gift Life’ initiative, people have committed themselves to the noble act of pledging to donate their organs. It is an occasion for everybody to be proud of our city,” he said.
Rotarian Amruta Deogaonkar, Convenor of Gift Life initiative said, “Through this campaign, we attempted to break the Guinness Record of maximum online organ donation pledges in eight hours and it was successful. Everybody who pledged is a part of this.”
Many companies, Sahyadri Hospital, various NGOs, Rotary Clubs and organisations had taken part in this initiative.
Dr Ketan Apte, Unit Head of Sahyadri Hospitals said that the larger aim of this campaign is to create awareness about organ donation and to bridge the gap between organ donors and needy patients.