Volume 5 - Issue 02 FEBRUARY 2007
Sharing Liquid love Down Under
- Inspiring blood donation service by the Sathya Sai Service Organisation of New Zealand, Auckland Region.
Every year for a number of years, the Sathya Sai Service Organisation in the Auckland Region has organized blood donations from its members as part of Swami’s Birthday Celebrations service week, and during Guru Poornima in the month of June-July.
Until the year 2000, the number of members attending the days that were planned was fairly erratic, in fact early records show only 27 members gave blood in 1997. Then, a concerted effort was made by the Service Wing members to promote the programme more efficiently by the way of coloured brochures issued by the New Zealand Blood Service, and also by talks at Sai centre devotional singing nights on the importance of giving blood, the many benefits from giving and also how Swami Himself describes giving blood as sharing “Liquid Love”.
In 2001 the New Zealand Blood Service in Auckland offered to open their facilities especially for the Sathya Sai Service Organisation of New Zealand, on the proviso that they could provide enough donors to make it worth their while. They had never done this before for any other organization as Saturday is normally a holiday, so this was a major breakthrough that needed to be taken advantage of, so, the Sai Organisation in Auckland swung into action and plans were formulated to have at least two major organized blood drives per year to coincide with Guru Poornima and Swami’s Birthday.
The first to be held on a Saturday at New Zealand Blood Service’s rooms was in 2001 during Guru Poornima which was a major success – approximately 145 members of the Sai Organisation from the Auckland area gave blood on that day. This made the New Zealand Blood Service extremely happy, as it vindicated their decision to open their facilities on a Saturday for the Sai Organisation.
During the years since 2001 the number of donors from the Sai Organisation have steadily increased at each session culminating in 170 giving blood in July 2006 which helped the Blood Service tremendously, as at this time, New Zealand was beginning to experience a very severe winter which was playing havoc with people’s health.
By this time the Youth Wing had become involved and it was through their efforts - working together with the Regional Service Wing – that everything went so smoothly. One of the Youth members said on behalf of the rest:
“By getting involved in this project has made us very happy and we have realized just how some service programmes may seem small but actually have enormous benefits for many people that we don’t realize at the time until we become part of it. We are so happy that we have been asked to participate in this and will now make it a permanent part of our Youth activities."
The following is an extract from a letter sent to the Sai Organisation in New Zealand by Martin Francis, of the New Zealand Blood Services.
We have found that this service activity, even though only done twice a year at this stage, has proved to be an excellent introduction to service for new devotees, and also for families who attend as a family unit and who feel extremely happy that they can contribute in some way. Also run at the same time in rooms given to them to use, are free medical clinics with Doctors from the Sai Organisation involved.
Thanks to Swami’s Grace and Love, this service programme in Auckland has become an example to other community groups to follow and can only add to the good name that Sai’s name and the Sathya Sai Organisation in New Zealand already has. Blood donations are also done by the New Zealand Sai Organisation in other areas as well, notably Hamilton and the Wellington regions.
- Doug Saunders, New Zealand.
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Vol 5 Issue 02 - FEBRAURY 2007
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