Medical Camp Held at Churchgate Railway Station on 7th & 8th May 2004
The Youth wing of Mumbai, conducted a 2 days free medical camp at Churchgate station on 7 & 8th May 2004 from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.
This was on the occasion of the 36th anniversary of Dharmakshetra and also as a part of 80th Birthday celebrations of Sri Bhagavan Sathya Sai Baba. The medical camps were conducted for general public in 4 zones of Mumbai. Below are the report from one of the zone.
Pandal were erected with banners of Swami's sayings, like "Love All, Serve All", "Help Ever, Hurt Never". Handbills, giving details of the medical camp, were distributed by the Youth Wing Volunteers all over the town. Two TV Sets were placed at a pedestal, and throughout the camp days, various discourses and bhajan programmes were screened on the same, for the public to view and catch a glimpse of Swami.
The camp was inaugurated by Shri Ramesh Sawant, Shri Nimesh Pandya, Shri Vitthal Nori and Shri Anup Saxsena, on 7th May 2004 by cutting the ribbon, lighting of the inaugural lamp, breaking of coconut and under the auspicious rendering of vedam chants by our youth brothers.
On the first day, i.e 7th May 2004, a blood donation drive was conducted in association with the Indian Red Cross Society, which had deputed its 10 member team, for the entire day. The Blood donation drive was conducted with an aim to provide the city of Mumbai an adequate supply of blood during the summer months when typically the city's blood banks run dry of blood.
A good number of people of Mumbai, stood in lines to complete the registration process and donate blood. This was a very successful drive, as the Blood Bank collected 110 bottles of blood.
On the second day, i.e. 8th May, 2004, a Diabetes and Hypertension Detection camp was conducted in association with St. George's Hospital, Mumbai which also received great response.
There were 6 doctors in each slot, thereby reducing the strain on the doctors for the entire day. A total of 460 people were examined on this day for Diabetes and Hypertension.
Each day was concluded by performing Aarathi on the station.
The youth (sisters) managed the Registration and Information desk throughout the 2 days of the camp. The Information Desk distributed information brochures and lists on the Sri Sathya Sai Organisation in Mumbai with details of all Samithi's and bhajan centres across the city of Mumbai.
The Sri Sathya Sai Books and Publications Trust had also set up a book stall on both these days at Churchgate Station, which also got a good response from the people passing through Churchgate Station.
The proceedings of the medical camp were covered in "The Morning Quick" and "The Afternoon" newspapers in Mumbai. This was also broadcasted in some of the channels of All India Radio - Akashwani programs.
The youth of the Sri Sathya Sai Organisation of Mumbai derived immense support, guidance and participation, from other senior members of the Organisation, right from the initial planning stages.
There is also a plan to conduct a follow-up medical camp, later at Dharmakshetra for the patients diagnosed for Hypertension and Diabetes.
As a conclusion, by Bhagawan's blessings and the enthusiasm shown by the citizens of Mumbai, the youth wing of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation Mumbai believed that this would be a regular seva from time to time.