The Sant Nirankari Mission recognizes blood as a universal human lifeline - all humans, despite caste, colour, gender or creed, need it to survive. His Holiness Baba Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj started the voluntary blood donation programme by donating blood himself in 1986, when the Mission organized its first blood donation camp during the Annual Nirankari Sant Samagam in Delhi.
From 1987, however, the Mission began to hold blood donation camps every year on April 24 as a tribute to the former Head of the Mission, Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji who laid down his life on this day in 1980, as also the other saints who sacrificed their lives to uphold the ideals of Truth, love, peace and unity preached by the Mission. The Mission observes the day as Manav Ekta Diwas (Human Unity Day). His Holiness said: “Human blood should flow in veins, and not in drains.”
Appreciating the enthusiasm among the devotees of the Mission to donate blood, the Indian Red Cross Society requested the Mission to stagger these camps from April to September when the blood banks in India face acute shortage of blood due to hot weather. This was agreed to and the programme became a mass movement.
Since 2009, these camps are organized almost round the year starting from Manav Ekta Diwas
on April 24. Blood Donation Camps are also organized in other countries
either on this occasion or subsequently. Besides April 24, blood donation
camps are also organized in a big way on World Blood Donor Day on June 14
and National Voluntary Blood Donor Day on October 1.
This invaluable contribution has been recognized at
almost every national and international forum on blood donation.