Using art to raise awareness about organ donation
India has among the lowest organ donation rates in the world
Hundreds of school students from across Delhi & NCR spoke through their canvas today as they sent out a powerful message exhorting Indians to pledge their organs and save lives. The students participated in a unique ‘Art for Life’ Poster Making competition to raise awareness about the subject ahead of Organ Donation Day.
The competition was organized by, the Organ Receiving & Giving Awareness Network (ORGAN) India, an initiative of the Parashar Foundation and the Nehru Planetarium (Nehru Memorial Museum & Library) in the run up to India’s 10th Organ Donation Day on the 27th of November 2019.
Dr Vasanthi Ramesh, Director of the National Organ & Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO) was the Chief Guest for the event; and Dr. Promila Gupta, Principal Consultant, Directorate General of Health Services, MoHFW, GOI, was the Guest of Honour. Dr. N. Rathnashree, Director Nehru Planetarium, and Ms Anika Parashar, Chairperson of Parashar Foundation opened the event.
The students joined hands and used art as a vehicle to address lack of awareness and myths surrounding organ donation. The competition was divided into two categories viz. Category 1 - Classes 9th & 10th and Category 2 – Classes 11th & 12th. The theme of the competition was ‘Organ Donation – Be a Superhero’.
Bhomik Raj Lok from the Union Academy School and Khyati Rawat from Udiksha Public School were adjudged the winners of the competition. The esteemed Jury Members included Art Talk Host Jujhar Singh, Renowned Chef Suvir Saran, and other NGOs and stakeholders in the field of organ donation and transplantation.
The competition’s objective was to create awareness on the concept of Organ Donation among students and teachers, and to encourage students to articulate their thoughts on the subject through a vibrant display of their skill and imagination on canvas.
“It’s always great to be present amidst the young energy as you also start feeling young. We all know how important organ donation is, so, it is very important that you people should spread the message as much as you can. In India, many suffer from diseases and out of these some of them needs organ transplant to add few more years to their lives. Organ donation is one of the best gifts one can give it to anyone. A person’s consent is very important for organ donation after his/her death. Through the painting competition, I am sure that the message will be spread worldwide,” said Dr. Promila Gupta, Principal Consultant, Directorate General of Health Services, MoHFW, GOI.