Hyderabad: What started as a gesture to help thalassemia patients, has now become a lifelong passion for 45-year-old A Prabhakar, a native of Suryapet district.
In a decade, the man donated blood 69 times and motivated students as well to donate 20,000 units of blood for Indian Red Cross Society, Vidyanagar.
Prabhakar, who now lives with his family at Saket and works in a private firm at Habsiguda, says that healthy persons should strive to donate blood at least twice a year. “A healthy person can donate blood three to four times a year. There are many myths around blood donation, which makes people think twice before donating. I have been doing it for over a decade and I am healthy,” he says.
“I wanted to contribute something to the society. That’s the reason I prepared for civil services. I could not clear but during the preparation, I learnt a lot about shortage of blood, which made me take this route,” he explains. To motivate young people to donate blood, Prabhakar frequently interacts with them in seminars on the subject.
“Through seminars on blood donation in engineering and degree colleges, I have managed to ensure blood donations to the tune of 20,000 units in the last one decade. In western countries, people are open about the idea of donating blood, but in India, people are hesitant,” he points out.
Prabhakar recently underwent a mountaineering course at the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI). “I want to prove that you can remain fit by donating blood. To spread awareness, I have trekked Chowri Khang camp in Sikkim, which is 4,450 metres above sea level with a message to donate blood,” he says.