Ride 4 Blood – 21 days, 20 countries and 2 women riders – concludes in Kerala
Two young women Sajna Ali and Tuna Bastin, who are on the course of creating history by completing a road trip around India on a span of 21 days covering 20 major cities and 10,000 kilometers, get warm welcome at Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala, where the ride concludes. The ride named as, “Ride 4 Blood” that began on April 21st, has come to its epic closure today at Gandhi Park.
Kadakampally Surendran, Minister for Tourism, Govt. of Kerala, along with the city Mayor V K Prasanth, welcomed the riders near the Greenfield stadium at Kariavattom.
During the Bloodcon2015, the major stakeholders of the blood donation industry came up with a concept of vision 2020 that pondered on an aim to make the blood banks in India self-sufficient by the year 2020.
The team embarked on this trip with an objective to promote voluntary Blood Donation, spreading the concept of Vision 2020 across India, bringing accountability among various stakeholders and public and mobilizing people and organizations that cater to the blood donation field.
The team halted at different locations to speak about the importance of blood donation, covering the gravity of the problem and the benefits of blood donation. They also urged the women folk to come out and donate blood as the count of female donors are paltry and requires attention.
The programme is coordinated by the FIBDO (Federation of Indian Blood Donor Organization) a collective that houses the various organizations that supports the cause of voluntary blood donation along with Kerala Blood Donors Society, a sixteen year old organization that has made tremendous strides in promoting blood donation and Tejus, an organization based out of Technopark that focuses on Voluntary Blood donation. The programme is totally supported by Terumo Penpol, an organization that shows immense credibility in the blood donation sphere
The Ride 4 Blood journey ends today at the Gandhi Park in Thiruvananthapuram at 5:30 pm. Rakhee Ravikumar, Deputy Mayor of Thiruvananthpuram will receive the Riders on to the stage by garlanding them.