For the ‘Heroine of the Hijack’…‘Happy Birthday Neerja’ Blood Donation Camp held

by Aneesh Bhanot
Chandigarh, September 8, 2020: Every year, on September 7 – Neerja Bhanot’s birthday – the Neerja Bhanot Trust has been holding the Neerja Award Ceremony.
However, because of the Covid-19 pandemic and the various norms and restrictions on holding such an event, it was decded not to hold the Award ceremony this year.
There is a huge shortage of blood in the tri-city with even many regular donors unwilling to step out of their houses, so the Trust decided to hold a blood donation camp to celebrate Neerja’s birthday.
It’s very interesting. When we called the Rotary & Blood Bank Society Blood Resource Centre (RBBSBC) in Sector 37 to enquire if the Centre was available on September 7 to hold such a Camp, the Director of the Centre Dr. Manish Raid said, ‘Yes, it was available’. And immediately added, “I will be the first one to donate at the Camp.”
And, indeed, the first person to donate was Dr. Rai. What leadership ! Leading from the front.
Even in these Covid times, the Camp was a success largely because of the excellent team at RBBSBC, Niti and Mac Sarin, members of Rotary Chandigarh Shivalik and Rotarctors of Rotaract Club Chandigarh Shivalik, among others.
Here is the Camp, in pictures

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