Blood is considered as the most important fuel of any living being and there is a well known saying, “To give blood you need neither extra strength nor extra food,and you will save a life.”
'Bondhu' is a voluntary blood donors' organisation of Comilla University (CoU). A group of health conscious students of the university formed this organisation which works for helpless, poor and underprivileged people of the society all over the country. They are working as real friends for the society with a hope of restoring the decayed humanity. Their donated blood helps many patients survive.The organisation named "Bondhu" started its journey officially on November 2015 with the slogan "Jodi shecchay kori roktodan, bachbe jibon bachbe pran (Donate Blood, Save Life)." "Every month the members donate approximately 150-200 bags of blood.
Bondhu is completely free from political, communal, regional, and racial affiliation. It particularly motivates the graduate and postgraduate students to donate blood voluntarily as a part of social responsibility. The key activities of Bondhu are to - motivate students and young generation of Bangladesh, provide free blood group test, donate blood voluntarily for the patients, organise awareness programme regarding blood related matters.
Abdullah Al Mamun, general secretary of Bondhu, says, "Our blood cells die after 3 months and then new blood cells are born. If we can motivate people to donate blood, it will save many lives."
Expressing gratitude to the members and well wishers of the organisation for their hearty co-operation, Masud Parvez, president of Bondhu says, "The only alternative of blood is blood itself; no one can measure it on the scale of money." He also says that Blood donation not only makes the receiver's life good but also helps the donor to maintain good health and to be jovial and engaging, according to medical science.
The organisation arranged camping event more than five times on the campus area for collecting blood sample. It is creating social awareness through blood grouping camp and leaflets and handouts are being distributed during the campaign for the benefits of blood donation among the students. “We can’t let a life pass into oblivion, let’s donate blood and feel the thrill of life”, opined Maher Rahat, a regular blood donor of Bondhu.
A Bondhu (friend) is he/she with whom one has a bond of mutual affection, a trustworthy person who supports by giving financial or other help. ‘Bondhu’ is working as real friend for the society with a hope of restoring the decayed humanity. Over and above to say, the 'Bondhu' is the real friends in need, hope of ray in the dark, vaccine for the epidemics and savior of the mankind.
The writer is a student of English Department, Comilla University