In an rare display of resolve, 700 guests at a wedding ceremony in Nashik on Sunday pledged to donate their organs after the bride and the groom did as such while tying the nuptical knot. Likewise, 60 others donated blood in the event.

The wedding ceremony of Varsha Pagar, assistant provident fund commissioner, and Swapnil Kothawade, right hand official (salary charge), both from Nashik but posted out of Maharashtra, was without ‘band’ or ‘baaja’, showing the couple’s anxiety for the earth and society.

“Both my husband and I want to donate our organs. We thought our wedding ceremony would be the right occasion to pledge to do so as there would be a lot of guests and it would help create awareness for organ donation,” Varsha said. The couple share a common interest in doing social work. “The response of the guests was enthusiastic. We collected 62 bags of blood during the ceremony,” said social worker Laxman Jamkar.

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