Thirty two students of Sri Venkateswara Bala Kuteer took out a 12 k.m. Cycle Rally on Guntur main roads on Thursday evening starting from Syamala Nagar Second Lane at 4.30 p.m.
The school students --17 girls and 15 boys -- carried flags of www.friends2support.org and distributed pamphlets in Telugu and English requesting the people enroute to register themselves on the website so that they can donate to any one who needed blood in emergencies. They shouted slogans `Donate Blood Save Lives’; `Raktha Daanam Cheyyandi - Moodu Jeevithalunu rakshinchandi’.
Students well-wisher and a mathematics teacher Swarna Kumar flagged off the rally from Syamalanagar and the students returned to the same spot at 6.30 p.m. Making stops at Collectorate Junction, Brodipet 14/4 junction, Sankar Vilas Junction, Lakshmipuram Mother Teresa Statue junction and a NTR Stadium in Brundavan Gardens before winding their way back to Syamalanagar via Gujjannagundla.
The students said their final examinations were over, so they did not want to waste their time by just going round without purpose and took up this cause to spread awareness among people on need for voluntary blood donation. Students led by Saketh, Chaitra, Rachana, Abhishek, and others began the cycle journey from Pattabhipuram Rythu Bazar on the Ring Road, came into Brodipet 14th Lane and pedaled their way upto Sankar Vilas Junction and stopped at a couple of places to distribute pamphlets to bystanders.
Scarcity of voluntary blood donors is a common phenomenon in India with someone requiring blood every two seconds.
Spreading awareness on need for donating blood voluntarily and to have a comprehensive `Registry’ of Blood Donors is of prime importance today, said the friends2support volunteers.