Jayaraj Manepalli

Five friends from Guntur launched a website with a country-wide database on donors. Requests for blood too can be posted on the site

NARSARAOPET (GUNTUR DT.): Finding a blood donor for an accident victim could turn out to be a Herculean task if he has a rare blood group. Running around different hospitals may not save his life, but visiting a website could.

The website, launched by five friends from Guntur district gives information of voluntary blood donors spread across various places in the country. All one needs is to contact the donors directly, to save precious lives.

The site

The friends started a website www.friends2support.org to provide a database of blood donors and also to post requests for blood. "The response was encouraging. In less than a fortnight of our starting the site, we had over 1,000 donors and 20 members from various parts of the country," said Sheik Shareef, who handles the day-to-day maintenance of the site. Today, the site has more than 2,000 registered blood donors and another 50 members who have volunteered to extend the service to other places.

The website was launched in November 2005 by Sheik Shareef, Naveen Reddy, S. Koteshwara Rao, Phani Kethamakka and Murali Krishna. All were born and brought up in Narsaraopet in Guntur district and studied in the same school-Sri Kasu Raghavamma Bramhananda Reddy High School.

All techies

All five are in the software field. Hyderabad-based Shareef handles the designing and maintenance part and the others, scattered in Mysore, Chennai, Bangalore and United States, help in different ways. They distributed posters about the site across various hospitals in the State.

The group sets apart a certain percentage of their salaries to meet the venture's expenses. "We want to concentrate on Andhra Pradesh initially by mobilising at least 25,000 voluntary blood donors. Then, we would like to spread out to other States," says Shareef.