The 10-meter cloth banner on which Indian Women's Cricket Captain Mithali Raj launched the `Signature Campaign' for promoting voluntary blood donation on behalf of http://www.friends2support.org/ was brought to Guntur on Sunday, July 1.
The banner signed by Transport Minister Kanna Lakshmi Narayana, Mithali Raj, and Khairatabad MLA P. Janardhana Reddy and a host of VIP guests at Hyderabad Press Club along with people moving on the main road on May 26, was put up for collecting signatures of people in Brodipet 2 nd Lane 7th Cross in Guntur on Sunday.
Large number of people stopped proceeding to holiday/picnic/tourist destinations stopped for a while and signed on the banner and expressed their solidarity with the cause. More than 200 people signed on the banner within two and a half hours in the afternoon and out of them 110 persons registered online as voluntary blood donors.
Member of Legislative Council from Guntur Teachers' Constituency K.S. Lakshman Rao, Communist Party of India (Marxist) MLA and Floor Leader in State Assembly Nomula Narasimhaiah, party district unit secretary D. Rama Devi, Guntur Mandal Revenue Officer Ravindra were among the first to sign on the banner shared by Mithali Raj.
Service Health Organisation director Dr. T. Seva Kumar conducted a free blood grouping camp engaging laboratory technicians and sponsoring entire kit for testing 75 persons. An identity cards were given to all 75 persons with F2S logo and their blood group on one side and site address and toll-free no.0863-2351725 on the other.
Students came in large numbers bringing their friends to register themselves as donors. The F2S volunteers V. Rajagopala Sarma, Mani Kumar and KP took the initiative of registering the people online and organizing entire event. The identity cards were provided by K.P. Babu Computers as his gesture towards the cause.
The toll-free No. 0863-2351725 telephonic counselors/operators N.S.V. Satyanarayana and Srilakshmi need special appreciation for their dedicated participation the programme.
The valuable banner is being sent to Vijayawada where it will be displayed in Sidhartha College where the F2S team led by Hari Krishna will continue this `Signature Campaign' on coming Thursday on the College premises. A 10-meter new banner has been attached to the valuable banner with signatures of the `Voluntary Donors', without whom reaching out to the needy is very difficult. Support Mr. Krishna garu (APTECH) is lending silently cannot missed.
This banner will travel as many cities and towns in Andhra Pradesh and other states as possible to garner support for the cause and encourage people to register themselves as donors online.
HERE ARE SOME PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE GUNTUR `SIGNATURE CAMPAIGN' AND ITS COVERAGE IN THE GUNTUR MEDIA:
Please click the link: http://picasaweb.google.com/susarla13/DOCTORSDAYF2SSignatureCampaignAtGUNTUR
TEAM F2S: Ramesh Susarla