“Blessing in the form of eye donation pledge only”
This is the message you would have seen if you had received Saish and Trupti’s wedding invitation which took place on December 26, 2018, in Goa. While the initiative has received thumbs up from many of their relatives, it has met with criticism from others as they felt, “Why to talk death and organ donation during the auspicious ceremony?”
“After explaining the importance of organ donation to them, they are happy now,” shares Saish with Efforts For Good.
Saish and Trupti Asolkar fell in love a few years ago and got married recently. They have pledged their eyes four years ago. Drawing inspiration from similar concept-based weddings with a social theme, the couple decided to include “eye donation pledge” in their marriage invitation. Thanks to the new couple, 55 people have pledged their eyes.
The couple reached out to Rotary Eye Bank in Goa Medical College and they happily agreed to be part of their initiative. It is the first such initiative in Goa.
A flyer with a Bhagavad Gita quote – “The donation which is given to one who does no service in return, with the feeling that it is one’s duty to give and which is given at the right place in right time and to a worthy person is considered as Saattvika Daana” – was kept inside the marriage invitation card.
A special counter was arranged at the wedding venue where the guests filed eye donation pledges. After pledging the eyes the donors received a flyer which explained the steps to be followed by the family in the event of the death. Also, they were given ‘Donor Eye Card’ which contains all the details of the donors.
Hope Saish and Trupti inspire more people to donate their eyes.