Kiran Verma, a 33-year-old man left his job and travelled over 6,000 km on foot, from Srinagar to Trivandrum, to spread awareness about the importance of blood donation. He started his journey from Srinagar and travelled to Udaipur, Vadodara, Chennai, and Bengaluru.
The man who is the founder of Simply Blood - world's first virtual blood donation platform, realized the importance of a life after losing his mother to cancer. His mother was diagnosed with the deadly disease and he lost her. After which, he made it a mission of his life to save at least one million potential lives through blood donation, by 2020.
"I started my Journey on January 26, 2018, from Lal Chowk, Srinagar and have travelled more than 6500kms till Trivandrum in two months. I have met more than 600,000 people across the country. I have shared my vision with students in colleges, Universities and public places like malls, restaurants, railway stations, bus stands etc," Kiran told media.
Throughout his journey, Mr Verma kept updating his social media with pictures and stories of the people he met on his way. In one of the tweets, he wrote “So, from extreme North to West and from West to now the Southernmost point of India. I just wanted to share that I have travelled more than 6000 km till now out of which, I walked more than 2600 km on feet and more than 3400kms by different means of transport.”
So, from extreme North to West and from West to now the Southernmost point of India. I just wanted to share that I have travelled more than 6000kms till now out of which, I walked more than 2600kms on feet and more than 3400kms by different means of trans…https://t.co/ECqSoyQ5NR— Kiran Verma (@VermaKiran) April 16, 2018
Kiran’s journey saw many hardships but his determination to bring an awareness was strong. Although he started out small, his mission, to convince 10 people every kilometre to donate blood, and save lives was to be a daunting task. Not just in the country, but Kiran Verma travelled to Nepal and Bhutan as well.
"Everyday more than 12,000 people die in India due to lack of blood. Our mission is to encourage at least 10 people every kilometre to take a pledge to donate blood once in their life," he said.
On that note, Kiran Verma has been walking on a completely voluntary basis to encourage blood donation across India, Nepal, and Bhutan. 2,000 potential lives have been already saved in 11 countries through his cost-free Simply Blood app last year.
(With ANI inputs)