Al Majid Motors helps thalassemia sufferers

February 21, 2010

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In support of KIA’s worldwide CSR program, Al Majid Motors’ staff donates blood to Al Wasel Hospital to help thalassemia patients

KIA, represented in the UAE by Al Majid Motors Co., recently took part in a major blood donation campaign in support of thalassemia patients and Al Wasel Hospital, as part of KIA’s “Moving the World Together” CSR initiative.

Over 71 employees from different departments of the Juma Al Majid Group took part in this vital initiative to give blood at the KIA Motors showroom in Deira. Doctors and nurses from Al Wasel Hospital were on hand to administer the process, with the hospital also providing beds and blood donation equipment.

Mr. Mohammad Khader, General Manager of Al Majid Motors – KIA, commented that his staff “responded magnificently to the call for donations.”

“KIA and Al Majid Motors together believe in the importance of giving back to the communities in which we operate,” he added. “We don’t just sell cars: our business philosophy matches our CSR philosophy, which is to help others attain happiness, via our role as automakers and auto dealers.”

This is the 8th year Al Majid Motors has teamed up with Al Wasel Hospital for the donation drive, which is seen as an important part of the firm’s corporate and social responsibility programme.

“Thalassemia is a big issue across the UAE, and we at Al Majid Motors see it as our civic duty to help our fellow citizens however we can in this regard,” Mr. Khader continued.

“We hope our actions have made a positive difference to those struggling with the condition of thalassemia, and we look forward to continuing our relationship with the Al Wasel Blood Donation centre in the future,” he concluded.

Free Screening!

February 3, 2010

Recently FAiTh (Fight Against Thalassemia) managed to organized a free thalassemia screening facility with collaboration HSC (Hospital Supply Corporation) in a free medical camp arranged by Usman Memorial Hospital, Hussainabad, Karachi.

Target was to screen 200 people for free, but due to lack of time we have managed to screen 122 people and 12 were caught as suspected, further screening is being done and soon they will be mailed their report on their address.

The event was covered by radio FM 107, Saama TV, Business Plus

After this successful event FAiTh soon will be arranging more screening camps on a bigger and better scale.

Pictures: Free Medical Camp!

Free Medical Camp

January 27, 2010
Free Medical Camp at UMH

Free Medical Camp at UMH

FREE MEDICAL CAMP being organized by Usman Memorial Hospital, a project of the Okhai Memon Youth Services for the needy and less-affluent people living in the vicinity of Hussainabad, Gharibabad, Karaimabad, Moosa Colony and adjoining localities.

APART FROM ALL OTHER FACILITIES, THALASSEMIA.COM.PK in collaboration with HSC will conduct FREE BLOOD SCREENING of 200 Participants (Male/Female) to find out any sort of blood-disorders.

Some valuable material about THALASSEMIA for the awareness of general public will also be distributed.

Please avail this opportunity and visit the Usman Memorial Hospital.

Call: 111 UMH UMH (111 864 864)

Umang organises blood donation camp to welcome

January 10, 2010

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The historic Ridge of Shimla witnessed a different New Year celebration on 1st January to welcome 2010. Defying severe cold wave, a large number of people gathered there to express their solidarity with the children with Thalassemia and other patients who need blood transfusion for mere survival. They exchanged greetings with each other and particularly with the children with Thalassemia and supported the cause of Thalassemia and Voluntary Blood Donation. As many as 80 persons including two visually impaired persons Anuroop Singh and Tara Chand, donated blood. This was their unique style to welcome New Year.

The voluntary blood donation camp was organized by Umang Foundation, a public welfare trust, which is dedicated to the social cause.  Narender Baragta while inaugurating the camp lauded the work of the Foundation. He said “There is no substitute of blood and every healthy person should donate blood after a gap of three months. There are a number of benefits of voluntary blood donation and the harm is nil.”

According to Ajai Srivastava, Chairman of Umang Foundation, it was the third blood donation camp of the trust in a series of four during severe cold season. There is always acute shortage of blood in the blood banks of Shimla during winters and to meet out the requirement of patients, this blood donation campaign of Umang Foundation was launched by Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh with Dr. Rajiv Bindal, Health Minister, on 11th December last at the Ridge. On that day a total of 50 units of blood were collected. The second camp was organized at the famous Christ church on the Ridge of Shimla to mark the Christmas, in collaboration with YMCA and the Church in which 40 persons came forward to donate blood. Now the fourth camp is scheduled for 14th January to celebrate Makar Sankranti, the famous Hindu festival of donations.

Ajai Srivastava said, “It was a good experience for all of us as blood donors on the first day of the year defying severe cold wave expressed their solidarity with the patients. They were made aware of the different aspects of voluntary blood donation and the genetic blood disorder called Thalassemia.” Many tourists from neighboring Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh also donated blood. It is pertinent to mention that a large number of donors was from the age group of 18 to 28 years. They included girls also.

The children with Thalassemia Aditi, Arjun and Sahil etc. presented Rose to every donor to express their thanks and gratitude.

The camp was manned by many energetic and dedicated students of Himachal Pradesh University like Surender, Reshu Bhardwaj, Sheetal, Sunil, Reeta Dewan, Ranjana Chandel, Seema Parihar, Ritu Parihar, Vanita, Inder Kumar, Vandana etc. Bharti Kuthiala, Jaya Sharma and Rajni Sood, the trustees of Umang Foundation, thanked all the blood donors and the supporters of the cause.

Umang Foundation provided more than 700 units of blood to the blood banks of Shimla through various camps and emergency donors in the last calendar year. Apart from this, it did commendable work in creating public awareness about voluntary blood donation, Thalassemia and the rights of persons with disabilities.

Camp brings out a lot of love

November 9, 2009

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A 13-year-old boy suffering from t halassemia says his parents are missing.

When John Vincent Panolino of Barangay Bata, Bacolod City , was 2 years old his parents fought, left for Manila and never came back. The boy was left in the care of his maternal grandmother, Adelaida Panolino.

The 60-year-old grandmother who sells food to passengers at the Ceres Bus North Terminal in Bacolod City said the boy has to undergo blood transfusion often, and she can barely make ends meet.

She said John Vincent was in fourth grade when thalassemia, a blood disorder that causes the body to produce less hemoglobin, caused him to quit school.

Low levels of hemoglobin may cause anemia, an illness that makes one feel weak and tired. Severe cases of anemia may damage organs and result in death.

John Vincent, who is yellow and pale, is often weak and lacks the energy to do much, but yesterday his grandmother said he appeared to be a different child.

“He is happy, he is running around with friends and dancing,” she said.

John Vincent was one of 30 children with cancer and other serious illnesses, and children who have parents with cancer who joined the third Suntown Camp at the Maryshore retreat house in Talisay City .

Yesterday, at the last day of the four-day annual camp, the children put on display the art work they made, some of which they sold.

The children’s artwork included pottery, wind chimes and quilts.

This year the camp’s theme was “Life in Color”, where art was used as a means for them to open up and express themselves, Suntown Camp president Millie Kilayko said.

Cielito Narvasa, a volunteer from the Children International Summer Villages in Manila , led the “Patchwork of Dreams Quilt Making Session” where the children painted their dreams, wishes, and their ideas of life and happiness, using non-toxic paint.

Narvasa said she was so happy to have joined the camp and see the selflessness of the people running it. It is more than just the money they donate to the camp, they put in their time and just give and give of themselves, she said.

“You could feel the positive vibration in the air,” she said.

Lilibeth Cordova, who has done a study on   Art Therapy   as a Way of Understanding Conflict    and completed a Masters Degree in Arts in Conflict and Reconciliation, led the children in working with clay to make something that is uniquely theirs, and in using recycled materials    like discarded keys and beads to make wind chimes.

“It is believed that doing art helps people, especially children to express themselves. It also takes their mind off their aches and pains because they become so engrossed working on their masterpieces,” Cordova said.

On Saturday, the children were also treated to their very-own carnival complete with all the fun that comes with it and MassKara Festival dance performances.

The children were paired off with volunteer parents as they laughed, played, danced and sang away.

John Vincent sang “May Bukas Pa” and charmed his camp father Waldo Flores, PNOC Development and Management Corp. chairman, who stayed with him throughout the carnival festivities.

Flores promised to help John Vincent undergo a slenectomy, a surgery to remove a diseased or damaged spleen, which he badly needs, Dr. Ceres Baldevia, one of the camp volunteers, said.

Waldo did things with the boy he never did with his own children, his wife Chona, said.

Another volunteer camp parent was Brenda Heffron, a member of Assumption College Class ’65 that throws a party for the children at every camp. She was partnered off with a rambunctious 8-year-old Azrian Gabriel Anatalio of Talisay City .

Heffron, who has joined all three Suntown Camps, said it has been a wonderful experience.

“Suntown has taught me a lot, it reminds one not to take things for granted, and that, no matter what we go through we should take time to smile and appreciate the simple things in life,” she said.

“I look forward to the camp ever year,” she said.

And it appears it was not just Heffron who felt the connection with the camp, Azrian who has acute lymphocytic leukemia, did too.

In his post camp evaluation sheet under the question what did he like most about the camp, he drew stick figures of big people and small people holding hands.

Manila businessman Joey Duarte, who acted as camp dad to Rena Jean Manlapaz, a 10-year-old from Hinigaran town who suffers from bone cancer and has had one leg amputated, said if the world was filled with people like the children and the volunteers at the camp it would be a “beautiful and different world.”

He said the camp has changed the life of his family forever and he is thankful for having been a part of it.

Rena, who has been a shy withdrawn child who barely talks, got up to the courage to dance and sing at the closing rites of the camp for the first time.

Many other stories of bonding and love between the children, the camp staff and other volunteers came out of this year’s camp.

Camp volunteer staff member Aurora dela Paz said, all those at the camp learned something from each other, there was a lot of love that went around.

“We have painted each others’ lives with colors,” she said.

This year’s camp directors were Martin Chua and Nikki Cajili.*CPG

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