On a cool Wednesday evening on the 24th May, in Slough, Abhimanyu Shakha and Sita Shakha got together to give blood. Sewa UK has been driving these donations in over 25 Towns in the UK and 2 towns in Wales.

With double-digit registrations, many of which donated for the first time, there were a lot of nerves, which quickly turned cheery when noticing the saghatan demonstrated by our swayemsevaks and sevikas.

Slough Karyawaha Ajay Murudkar led the drive in his local town, where Sewa Day is in partnership with NHS Blood and Transplant to launch this campaign to encourage more people from the South Asian communities to come forward and register as blood and organ donors.

You can join the NHS Organ Donor Register or become a new blood donor by calling 0300 123 23 23. To speak to contacts in your area who are leading on this campaign, please contact Harkishan Mistry (Sewa Day UK Project Manager) on 0787 33444 83 or e-mail him at harkishan@sewaday.org

In the ancient Indian language of Sanskrit, Sewa means selfless service. Sewa is a universal concept, which involves performing an act of kindness without expectation of reward. Sewa Day encourages individuals, voluntary groups, schools, and companies to commit their time to doing a good deed with an aim of making a positive difference to someone else’s happiness, quality of life and prosperity. At Sewa Day, we believe that if we help even one person kindle the belief of ‘Sewa’ into their very being – we would have achieved our aim. Sewa Day is not just about one day – it is about imbibing the values of ‘Sewa’ into your life to serve others selflessly.