Prakash M. Nadar, 39, who was afflicted by polio during childhood, overcame his disabilities to launch a mission to eliminate blood shortage from the world with support of the Federation of Indian Blood Donors Organisations (FIBDO).

In this quest, he has been donating blood for the past 22 years regularly and made his 76th donation at the Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Sciences and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala.

"I donate blood regularly four times a year and now I am making an attempt to donate blood in each state of India to increase awareness of the importance of blood donation.

Kerala is the 10th state where I have donated blood today and shall cover all Indian states in the next few years", said Nadar.

He said FIBDO President K. P. Rajagopalan encouraged him in the all-India endeavour and also accompanied him to Kerala. To mark Christmas eve, Nadar, attired in a Santa Claus costume, donated blood amid cheers by the hospital staffers and well wishers this afternoon.

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