Hoshangabad: A 42-year-old man in Madhya Pradesh has donated blood 50 times and has organised almost 90 blood donation camps. Sharad Kumre is also an environmentalist who carries out plantation drives in the remote villages of Madhya Pradesh.
"I have motivated many people to donate blood. Those who feared earlier, now come and ask me, when will the camp be organised. There is a fear which has to be overpowered. Once we donate blood, the fear goes away," Kumre said.
Kumre has a record of organising 90 blood donation camps in just two years. "Organising blood donation camps is a mission for me because my sister died while fighting with the terrorists in 2001. She shot down four terrorists. One of my nephews also died due to scarcity of blood. These incidents motivated me," he said.
Kumre first donated blood to his father at the age of 17. During the 1993 Mumbai riots, he organised his first blood donation camp for the victims. "There is a need to establish harmony in the society. Instead of killing each other, we should donate our blood and make the other person ours," he said.
Also an environmentalist, Kumre gifts plants to all donors. He also runs an eco-friendly petrol pump that works completely on solar energy. This eco crusader also carries out plantation drives in remote villages of Madhya Pradesh, like a village in Hoshangabad where 500 trees have been planted.
From blood donation to planting trees, Sharad Kumre is a man of inspiration. He has not just saved many lives by donating his blood but also created new ones by planting trees.