Blood donation camps organised by the State Transport Department in 10 places across Tamil Nadu on February 14 to mark the 66th birthday of Chief Minister and AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa entered the Guinness Book of World Records. As many as 53,129 people donated 18,439.28 litres of blood on that day, surpassing the earlier record at Dera Sacha Sauda, Haryana, on August 8, 2010, where 43,732 participants donated blood.
Guinness representative Lousia called on the Chief Minister at the Secretariat and handed over the certificate for organising the world’s largest blood donation (multiple venues). Jayalalithaa congratulated the employees of the State-owned transport corporations for creating history and called upon the people to donate blood to save the lives of many.
Lousia pointed out that the event took place in Chennai, Villupuram, Vellore, Salem, Coimbatore, Karur, Tiruchy, Kumbakonam, Madurai and Tirunelveli. She congratulated Transport Minister V Senthil Balaji for organising and managing such a huge event within a short time. In fact, Guinness World Records received the official record request only on January 23, three weeks before the event date. The blood collected during the event will save the lives of many, she said and added that raising awareness on the importance of donating blood was a great message for the whole community.
In her statement, the Chief Minister said blood donation is of supreme importance as it helps save the lives. She congratulated the transport minister, employees and officials of the transport department, students and the public for making the record possible.