“Your little effort can give others a second chance to live life”

First aid is a life-saving technique. Taking immediate action and using the appropriate techniques while waiting for professional assistance can significantly reduce death and injury, as well as the impact of disasters and everyday emergencies. That is why we believe that First aid is a humanitarian action that everyone should have access to. For example, in the absence of oxygen, the brain expires in about 6 minutes. To help a person in such crises, first aid knowledge is crucial. Furthermore, our body’s most crucial fluids, blood is necessary for its proper operation. Blood loss can lead to fatal diseases and even death, if it is excessive. Thus, it is clear how giving blood physically saves lives and benefits individuals and binds people, despite differences in caste, creed, religion, and other categories.

The International Service avenue of RACUOCFMF, came up with the idea of saving lives through providing a basic first aid learning and a blood donation campaign. Project REVIVE ’22 was a joint initiative by the Rotaract Clubs of Mumbai Wadala East (District 3141), India and University of Colombo Faculty of Management and Finance (District 3220), Sri Lanka under the International Service Avenue. The project was conducted as a physical event by both clubs in their own country in the month of September 2022. This was implemented to commemorate The International First Aid Day, which is celebrated on the 10th of September with the aim of spreading the importance of lifelong first aid learning. Project “Revive ’22” was conducted under two phases namely,  a basic first aid training session and a blood donation campaign. 

எங்கள் சர்வதேச சேவை அவெனியூவின் இயக்குநர்கள், அடிப்படை முதலுதவிக் கற்றல் மற்றும் இரத்த தான பிரச்சாரம் மூலம் உயிர்களைக் காப்பாற்றும் ஓர் திட்ட ஆலோசனையை முன்வைத்தனர். திட்டம் REVIVE ’22 என்பது மும்பை வடலா கிழக்கு (வலயம் 3141 )இந்தியா, மற்றும் கொழும்பு பல்கலைக்கழகத்தின் மேலாண்மை மற்றும் நிதி பீட (வலயம் 3220) ரோட்ராக்ட் கழகங்களின்,சர்வதேச சேவை அவென்யூவின் கீழ் எடுக்கப்பட்ட ஒரு கூட்டு முயற்சியாகும். இந்தத் திட்டமானது தங்கள் சொந்த நாடுகளில் இரண்டு கழகங்களாலும் செப்டம்பர் 2022 ஓர் அகல்நிலை நிகழ்வாக நடத்தப்பட்டது. வாழ்நாள் முழுவதும் பயன்தரும்
முதலுதவிக் கற்றலின் முக்கியத்துவத்தைப் பரப்பும் நோக்கத்துடன் சர்வதேச முதலுதவி தினத்தை (செப்டம்பர் 10 ஆம் தேதி) நினைவுகூரும் வகையில் இத் திட்டம் செயல்படுத்தப்பட்டது. REVIVE’22 ஆனது இரண்டு கட்டங்களின் கீழ் நடத்தப்பட்டது, முதலாம் கட்டம் 1: அடிப்படை முதலுதவி பயிற்சி பட்டறை ஒன்றும், கட்டம் 2: இரத்த தான முகாம் ஒன்றும் ஏற்பாடு செய்யப்பட்டது.

අපගේ ජාත්‍යන්තර සේවා අංශය විසින් මූලික ප්‍රථමාධාර පිළිබඳ ඉගෙනීම සහ ලේ දන් දීමේ වැඩසටහනක් ලෙස ඉදිරිපත් කරන ලද “REVIVE ’22” ව්‍යාපෘතිය ඉන්දියාවේ Mumbai Wadala East රොටරැක්ට් සමාජය (දිස්ත්‍රික් 3141) සහ ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ කොලඹ විශ්වවිද්යායේ කළමනාකරණ හා මූල්‍ය පීඨයේ රොටරැක්ට් සමාජය (දිස්ත්‍රික් 3220) විසින් ඒකාබද්ධ ව සංවිධානය කරන ලදී. එය 2022 සැප්තැම්බර් මාසයේදී දෙරටේ රොටරැක්ට් සමාජයන් විසින් ඒ ඒ රටවල ක්‍රියාත්මක කරන ලදී. එහි ප්‍රථම අදියර ලෙස මූලික ප්‍රථමාධාර පිලිබඳ පුහුණු සැසියක් ද, දෙවන අදියර ලෙස ලේ දන් දීමේ කදවුරක් ද පැවැත්වුණු අතර ව්‍යාපෘතියේ මූලික අරමුණ වූයේ සැප්තැම්බර් 10 දිනට යෙදී තිබූ ජාත්‍යන්තර ප්‍රථමාධාර දිනය නිමිති කොට ගෙන ප්‍රථමාධාර පිලිබඳ ඉගෙනීමෙහි දිගු කාලින ව පවත්නා වැදගත්කම සමාජගත කිරීමයි.

We conducted the first phase of project REVIVE’ 22 on the 11th of September 2022 between 9:00 am to 3:00 pm in the Faculty of Management and Finance premises of University of Colombo. It was a first aid training workshop, which was a physical event open for everyone. We had around 35 participants for the workshop. The main aim of this phase of the project was to give out the basic first aid knowledge and skills that will be needed in an emergency situation. The workshop was conducted by a team of 4 certified trainers from St. John Ambulance Service. The workshop started around 9.30 am with a quick icebreaking activity done by one of the directors of IS avenue. This helped to warm up the participants and to make them ready to learn a lot about first aid. Continuing that, Mr. Sarath Dayananda, the lead trainer started the workshop. The session mainly included training on Emergency Resuscitations, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, CPR Training, Basic requirements in an Emergency (ABC), Recovery Positions, Triangular Bandaging Methods. Practical sessions were conducted after each topic with the use of dummies and props for the participants to clearly get an idea of how things are done in an emergency situation. Slide shows along with pictures and videos were also shown to the participants to provide a better understanding on the topics.

Phase two of REVIVE ’22 was a blood donation campaign. It was held on the 13th of September at the National Transfusions Blood Centre from 9.00am to 3.00 pm. We had around 13 donors who visited our campaign. Once the donors filled the necessary paperwork, they were examined by doctors to check if they are eligible to donate blood. One pint of blood (around 450ml) was taken from each donor. We provided a cup of milk, a banana and a piece of cake to each donor after their donation of blood.

Rotaract Club of Mumbai Wadala East conducted their blood donation camp in Mumbai, India on 17th of September. The donation camp was held from 10 am to 5 pm at the Imax Theatre, Mumbai. They had around 50-52 participants in their blood donation camp. They had their blood donation camp on the day of their Prime Minister’s Birthday which was a monumental occasion. They were able to collect 52 bottles of blood through their camp.

With the conclusion of these two phases, Project REVIVE brought to a close its arduous journey and left us with a wealth of learnings, experiences, emotions, and satisfaction that we will never forget. We were able to have an impact on people’s lives by educating people about first aid and encouraging blood donation to the community.

Written By:-

Rtr. Aksharah Suganthan
(Blog Team Member 2022-23)

Written By:-

Rtr. Dalrine Rajan
(General Member – 2022-23)

Edited By:-

Rtr. Shenali Dewmi
(Blog Team Member 2022-23)

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