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Dabbawalas spread awareness about organ donation

Dabbawalas spread awareness about organ donation

Mumbai dabbawalas are spreading awareness regarding organ donation in a unique way. They are using tiffin carriers to talk about organ donation to Mumbaikars. They are also pledging that they would donate their own organs too.

It all started when 7-year-old Deyaan Udani from Australia who passed away during a holiday in Mumbai wanted his family decided to donate his organs. The child wanted to donate his organs after seeing his mother is also a donor. His selfless behavior led to the start of a movement called the Shrimad Rajchandra Organ Donation Programme. It is a public awareness campaign that encourages organ donation after death.

The dabbawalas are famous in Mumbai for their efficient work. They have decided to show their support to the Shrimad Rajchandra Organ Donation Programme on the occasion of Organ Donation Day.

In Mumbai, everyday about 5000 dabbawalas carry 2 lakh lunchboxes of home cooked meals to offices across the city.


Subhash Talekar, the spokesperson for the Mumbai Dabbawalas Association, says that the dabbawalas are carrying organ donation information and cards along with the tiffins they deliver every day. Many of them have. Furthermore, many of the dabbawalas have signed up to donate their organs after death.

Since the beginning of the programme, the dabbawalas doing this has increased the reach of the programme to an all-time high. They are promoting it well and increasing a lot of awareness.

At present, only 0.01 per cent people in India donate their organs after death. Such a lifesaving act is ignored by many people. A person can potentially save eight lives and improve the lives of up to 50 people by donating tissues and eyes.

The lack of information and awareness regarding this issue is what made the famous dabbawalas of Mumbai take up this task with such enthusiasm.


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