Berhampur, March 4 (LocalWire) A 50-year old Odia man who went peddling for five months around seven south Indian states to create awareness on blood donation reached Berhampur on Tuesday.
After riding over 6500-kms, covering seven states including Odisha, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala, Joydev the cycler reached the Silk City in his bicycle.
He started his yatra from Kolkata on November 7, 2019. He has scheduled to complete his journey on the same place after covering around 8000-km.
The members of Associations of Volunteers Blood Donors (AVBD) accorded Joydev Routh in Berhampur.
During the journey, Joydev of Dhusuri in Bhadrak district spread the message to the youths, especially to the college-going students to donate blood to save the lives of the needy.
“Even though several youths are now coming forward to donate blood voluntarily, yet this doesn’t meet the requirement,” he said. “Every healthy person should come to donate blood to save lives” he added.
He has donated blood 38 times so far in the last thirty years. He has visited several schools and colleges to spread his message during the yatra. Indian Red Cross Society, Rotary Club and Indian Medical Association (IMA) have extended support to him.
It was his second cycle yatra to spread the message of blood donation. In 2018, Joyadev, a father of two children who work in a jute mill in Kolkata, rode around 8000-km in his bicycle from Kolkata to New Delhi and New Delhi to Mumbai in 152 days for spreading the message of blood donation.