Noorjahan Khatun’s wedding celebrations kicked off on the eve of her wedding day with a blood donation camp and  an initiative to distribute books. The celebration with a twist was the bride’s idea who is a school teacher from Nadia in West Bengal.  At least 32 people came to donate blood as part of this initiative. On Tuesday, the 28-year-old Khatun married a fellow school teacher Obidur Rahman who is from Murshidabad.

On why she chose to organise a camp instead of getting married in the traditional way, she told The New Indian Express that she wanted to raise awareness about the universal need for blood donation during this ongoing pandemic. A philosophy teacher, Khatun said, “I had heard that blood banks are running dry amid the COVID-19 crisis. This was my small effort to help people during medical emergencies.”

Her neighbours and relatives attended the camp that was set up at her residence in the Dhubulia village of the district. Talking about how the idea of distributing books among the students came to her, she said, “The book distribution programme, too, was a gesture on my part to appreciate the efforts of the children who have done well in their board exams.”

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Support from the family

Khatun’s entire family, especially her father, Rustam Ali Sheikh, respected and supported her wishes. Ali Sheikh mentioned, “When my daughter wanted me to arrange a blood donation camp to mark her wedding, I was more than willing to do the needful.”

The kind-hearted teacher at a higher secondary school in East Medinipur had also asked her father to distribute plant saplings to the wedding guests. Khatun’s mother said, “When my daughter wanted me to arrange a blood donation camp to mark her wedding, I was more than willing to do the needful. I have also bought saplings for distribution after the wedding,” reports Storypick.

The bride’s efforts prompted many neighbours and relatives to come forward to donate blood. She was even lauded by Arabinda Biswas, a district officer, who appreciated her efforts. He was even present during the book distribution programme on Monday.

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Feature Image Credit: Indulge Express

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