The Rotary Club of Nasik West invited Dr. Ravi Wankhede Head of MOHAN Foundation-Nagpur Centre and presented him with the Annual Exemplary Humanitarian Award for the year 2015-16 for his work on spreading awareness of organ donation through Rotary International District 3030. The function was held at Hotel Surya on 22nd May 2016. The gathering consisted of District Governor Dr. Nikhil Kibe and a host of several past District Governors, District Governor elect Mahesh Mokalkar, dignitaries from Nasik and offices bearers of all the Rotary Clubs of Nasik. The Award was presented by District Governor Dr. Nikhil Kibe reputed Nephrologist from Akola. Rtn President of Rotary Club of Nasik West introduced Dr. Wankhede to the audience. He said Nasik has made progress on awareness of organ donation in just one year, after Dr. Wankhede visited Nasik and spoke on the subject. His visit resulted in opening of Skin Bank at Nasik.
Dr. Ravi Wankhede, in his address thanked the Rotary Club of Nasik West and others who took it upon themselves to put Nasik on the transplant map of India. He said it won't be too long before Nasik would be doing deceased organ donation in the city itself, rather than sending organs to Pune, Mumbai, etc. He said he owed his knowledge due to the fact that he got an opportunity to donate a kidney to his friend in 2009. This also led him to be associated with the MOHAN Foundation and the Zonal Transplant Coordination Centre at Nagpur. He said Rotary is an excellent medium to spread awareness and the need to donate organs specially after brain death. He urged all Rotarians in the District to organise a talk on the subject, before they forward the message to others.