Hyderabad: In the ongoing pandemic, there has been a severe dearth of blood in hospitals as people are afraid to step out to donate blood. G Siva, a native of Addanki in Prakasam District in Andhra Pradesh, found it very difficult to find blood for his niece last year, and that made him take up an initiative to spread awareness about blood donation.
In this mission, Siva has walked 2,700 kilometres so far from Kanyakumari to Andhra Pradesh, after starting by train from Guntur to Kanyakumari on April 9, and reached Hyderabad on Friday.
“I asked everyone I knew when my niece needed blood, but no one was willing to come forward. I decided to educate people about misconceptions about the same and with the limited resources I have, the only way I saw was to undertake a walkathon across the nation,” shares the 24-year-old.
Walking an average of 40 kilometres a day, the youngster interacted with various people in hospitals, colleges, schools and public places in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. “I started walking from April 11 and walked about 14 hours a day every single day. I stayed at bus stands initially and later police started helping me at various places by letting me take shelter in police stations in various States. They also helped me get passes so I could travel even during the lockdown,” says the youngster, who is now planning on heading to Karnataka from Telangana, after 62 days of consistent walking.
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