Anandpur Sahib, Punjab: The Sikh bodies have finally managed to break the world record of Dera Sacha Sauda by collecting 18,207 units of blood in 16 hours during its massive blood donation camp held here on the occasion of Hola Mohalla.
Camp started at 7:25 pm on March 10 at local Khalsa College and ended at 11:25 pm with final donations reaching tally of 18,207. Earlier, the Sikh bodies have been claiming to collect 25,000 units of blood.
“It was a long and tardy exercise. Before organising it we never knew that there is any world record and nor did we aim at one. Gradually, from different quarters, we were encouraged to set a benchmark and contacted the Guinness Book of World Records authority,” said advocate Jagwinder Singh, the in-charge of Akal Purkh Ki Fauj, that organised the entire activity.
The Guinness Book of World Records has entry of Dera Sacha Sauda, Sirsa, for holding largest blood donation camp in world at Bapu Ji village in Sri Gangananagar. The camp was held on October 10, 2004 and attracted 17,921 donors.
Organisers are yet to compile data on gender basis. “We expect that more than 30 per cent of donor were women, which was a surprise for everybody. The final stats may start pouring in after three to four days,” said Jaswinder Singh Jassi, the spokesperson of camp.
After the data is compiled and formalities completed, the entire dossier of event and its proceedings will be sent to the Guinnesss Book of World Records.
The site for camp was divided into 14 blocks, each having 50 beds. There were around 2,500 donations in one hour averaging 15 minutes per donor. As many as 5,000 volunteers, including 3,000 paramedical staff, were deployed to ensure smooth working of camp.
A team of 100 doctors was deployed at different investigation counters to oversee arrangement. Over 110 blood banks from all over country had assembled to collect blood from this camp.