Two years ago, the Rotary Club in Karnataka created a record by conducting blood donation camps in 13 different places within a span of eight hours, in which they collected 3,034 litres of blood. The work was registered in the Guinness Book of World Records, and witnessed commendable contribution by the 64-year-old Lata Amasi.
Born and raised in Delhi, Lata has been doing social work for the past 17 years. Her parents are natives of Karnataka, and her father, who worked for the United Nations, has played a huge role in inspiring her to work for the society. Her parents are both social workers and, thus, she developed a passion for social work since childhood.
After completing her education, Lata worked as a senior manager in Syndicate Bank. She had to later resign from the job due to personal reasons. She then became a lecturer at the Bengaluru University where she started her journey of working for the poor.
Prior to coming to Bengaluru, Lata was associated with another club that worked for visually-challenged individuals. She helped more than 30,000 poor people get their surgery done over the course of eight years. She says that the happiness one gets by helping out others is incomparable.
Presently, Lata is associated with the Rotary Club in Bengaluru that works for the society at a national level. Though she did not have any experience in organising blood donation camps, she got an opportunity to do so. Since she has dedicated her entire life to doing social work, she was confident that she will able to pull it off.
Lata once decided to help out a child suffering from dengue, and tried to arrange blood for him. He was elated, and insisted that he will eat the cake made by her on his birthday. He was admitted in the ICU at the time, and Lata took special permission from the doctor for cake-cutting on his birthday. They celebrate but, unfortunately, he died the next day itself.
This incident taught Lata the value of blood donation, and she decided to contribute immensely for this work. Now, she is the President of the Blood Donation Committee in the club.
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