Pune runs for Blood Donation Awareness
Pune, June 30, 2013–– Indian Medical Association in association with Pune Running organized a running and walking event for raising awareness about Blood Donation on June 30, 2013 Sunday. Participants chose between walking 3K and running any one of the distance – from 5K, 10K, 15K, up to a Half Marathon (21K). The event started from the Blue Ridge town ship at the heart of Hinjewadi and the runners ran along the roads inside the IT Park. Besides a high participation from the IT Park workers, a few leaders from the IT companies also dropped by to participate and share their feeling about the cause. Doctors from IMA and from the regular Pune Running runners were present in full force. It was reassuring to see this youthful, enthusiastic and well educated group whole heartedly spreading message of Blood Donation. Nalanda Joglekar an employee with an IT company in Hinjewadi said “She has donated blood in the past but this event was a good reminder of my civic duty. Also, the run was a refreshing break from my daily home-office routine”
About 400 runners turned up to show their support for the cause of blood donation. The rain was another big draw for the participants to enjoy themselves. ACP Mr. Chandrashekhar Daithankar participated in the run and enjoyed the rain. ACP Mr. Vishwas Pandhre, who heads the Pune Police Traffic department for Pune was also briefly present at the run.
Speaking on the occasion, Harikrishna Dammalapati, the Director of the event said, “We try and have our monthly runs built around a social cause. It encourages our runners to join in support of a social activity. The cause of blood donation is close to everyone’s heart and that is why we have seen such a massive turnout in spite having the event far from the city.
Satbir Singh, a young first time runner was thrilled with the idea of running in the rain. He said, “I did not expect to run with so many people. It is very motivating to see grandpas and uncles run in the rain and have as much fun as we kids did.”
Samir Shaikh, one of the regulars mentioned that this was his 20th event with Pune Running. “I love the fact that the events are so well organized and we have constant encouragement to better ourselves from the volunteers all along the road and the events are rightly called as race against self”, he said.
Dr. Maya Tulpule, the President of IMA’s (Indian Medical Association)Pune chapter spoke about the cause on the occasion. She said, “The need for blood has increased constantly over the years as more and more complicated surgeries and procedures like dialysis, transplants, treatment of cancers etc. are done in India. There is a regular thalassemia transfusion program too, which is free for the patients and requires regular blood transfusion. I encourage all of you to donate blood regularly”.
About Pune Running
Pune Running group is a non-for-profit group of runners, the group works with NGO’s and other establishments to help generate funds for various social causes around the city.
For more information on Pune Running group please visit their website: http://www.punerunning.com/
About Indian Medical Association, Pune
IMA Pune is the largest association of doctors qualified to practice modern medicine and is having membership strength of 3,800. It is affiliated to IMA, which is such largest NGO in the country with strength of 2.4lacs. We at IMA Pune hold CMEs and Conferences for the doctors and Public Health educational activities and projects for the community. Established in 1928, Indian Medical Association in the year 1946 helped in organization of the World body, namely, World Medical Association, and thus became its founder member. More information is available on http://www.imapune.org/