Delhi based social entrepreneur Kiran Verma (33 years) is on a mission to walk across India and covering 15,000 kms to spread awareness about blood donation. His mission is to encourage atleast 10 people every kilometre, to ensure that after traveling 15,000 kms there should be atleast 150,000 people ready to donate blood and even if they donate blood only once in their lifetime then this walk is going to save atleast 150,000 potential lives.
Kiran Verma is the founder of Simply Blood App, which is World’s First Virtual Blood Donation Platform and its an initiative by Change With One Foundation. He is walking 15,000 kms on a completely voluntary basis to encourage blood donation across India, Nepal and Bhutan. He named this walk as “Change With One Walk”.
He started his Journey on 26th Jan 2018 from Lal Chowk, Srinagar and till now he has traveled more than 15,500kms out of which he has walked more than 4300kms on feet, rest all the distance was traveled using different means of transportation in last more than 4 months. He starts his day by starting the walk and do hitch hiking (lifts) on highway as its not safe and also there is nobody to interact, it also saves a lot of time which was used to inspire more people on the way.
During this walk he shared his message among more than 5,00,000 people across Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Daman, Dadra Nagar Haveli, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, West Bengal, Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland, Delhi so far. He has been sharing his vision with students in different colleges, Universities, Public places like malls, restaurants, railway stations, bus stands etc. He is going to travel rest all states and union territories left, starting from 15 June 2018. He will resume his journey after doing few campaigns on World Blood Donor Day which is on 14 June.
Background of the Walk:
Kiran Verma lost his mother when he was only 7 years due to cancer and because of that incident, he got to realise the importance of a life. He first donated blood blood to his teacher during his first year of diploma (Pusa Polytechnic), with an intention that he will get extra marks and praise from his teachers. But later after donating blood he got to meet his teacher’s son, who was not just thankful but also very emotional for his act. Kiran got to how he has done something good to someone mistakenly. Since then he started donating blood and since then he has donated blood for 41 times.
He started Simply Blood when his blood was sold to a poor family (from Raipur, Chattisgarh) in Delhi. On 26 Dec 2016, he got a call where one person told Kiran that there is a poor family from Raipur, Chattisgarh who needs blood and Kiran went to the hospital to donate blood to that family. After donating blood he went to meet the family and got to know that the person who called Kiran took Rs. 1500 for the blood, he donated for free. It was hard to digest for him and the same day he left his job and took this as his goal that “nobody should die because of lack of blood by 2025 in India”. His live’s mission is to save 1 million potential lives through blood donation by 2020 using Simply Blood platform.
Simply Blood doesn’t share any contact details of any blood donor or blood seeker to any third person, it only shares their contact numbers to each other only when donor accepts to donate blood. This process doesn’t give opportunity to anyone to misuse or black marketing of blood. Also, there is no need to call any blood donor and everything happens on real-time, which mean the calling time is being saved and chances of saving a life increases because of that. This platform is available globally on Google Playstore with more than 40,000 registered donors and database of more than 200,000 blood donors across the world.
He has been running this platform from his personal savings and his wife Jayati Verma is taking care of his family by doing job. Many family and friends are also helping him in Change With One walk.
Few Facts & Stats:
According to NACO, everyday more than 38,000 people need blood and more than 12,000 people dies in India due to lack of blood. The mission of this walk is to encourage atleast 10 people every kilometre to take a pledge to donate blood atleast once in their lifetime. If these people donate blood only once in their lifetime, then this 15,000kms of journey is going to save atleast 150,000 potential lives through blood donation.
In last one year 2,000 potential lives has been saved in 11 countries using Simply Blood platform at ZERO COST.
Simply Blood (Change With One Foundation) has been selected as one of the 8 Social Startups by Bangalore based N/Core Foundation backed by CISCO Systems out of 713 applications, where Simply Blood (Change With One Foundation) will go for 6 months incubation to reach its mission.
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