This post is to share our Ramadan & Eid drive overview and to convey heartiest thanks to our amazing donors, without their support this couldn’t have been done!
We started the drive from Fatimid Foundation Hyderabad, where we distributed 26 rashan packets worth 4000/- each with month’s food supply Alhamdulillah.
Next we went to Fatimid Foundation Khairpur where we celebrated FAiTh’s late founder Salman Mehmood & our member Hammad’s birthday with thalassemia fellows. 75 fellows received Eid dresses, mehndi, bangles & watches. Volunteer applied mehndi to little thalassemia fellows.
Our next stop was Fatimid Foundation Rashidabad, where we distributed 75 Eid dresses, mehndi, bangles & watches.
Our Ramadan & Eid drive came to an end with 2 days of iftar for 140+ fellows at Fatimid Foundation Karachi, 10 rashan packets, 70+ Eid dresses, mehndi, bangles & watches Alhamdulillah.
Words would never be enough for our generous donors, without their continuous support we couldn’t have done it. Thanks to all the donors!
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Dubai Investment Properties, one of the leading real estate developers in the UAE, today announced that Rouse, a leading intellectual property (IP) consultancy, is holding a blood donation drive on September 14, 2010 from 9 am to 3 pm at the Twin Towers in Deira. The third annual blood donation drive, which is a part of the company’s global CSR programme ‘Rouse Cares’, will be held in association with the Dubai Health Authority to support patients suffering from thalassemia and other life-threatening ailments.
“Patients suffering from thalassaemia, cancer, accidents and other life threatening conditions need blood to save their lives. This ever-increasing demand of blood can only be met through voluntary blood donations,” says Mr. Jon Parker, Partner, Rouse. “Through our Rouse Cares programme, we aim to help improve the lives of others through sustainable initiatives and by growing roots in each country where we work. We are happy to organise our annual blood donation drive in association with the Dubai Health Authority where our staff, partners and clients can make a contribution to meet the continued need for blood at hospitals.”
The third annual blood donation drive will be held on the third floor of the Twin Towers. Employees, partners and guests are expected to voluntarily come forward to donate in large numbers. Rouse expects the donations to surpass last year’s number of 100 units. The DHA authorities will provide full medical equipment, information and support at the blood donation campaign.
“We commend Rouse for organising the blood donation campaign during the Eid period and are happy to whole-heartedly support it. Twin Towers will offer them all the facilities and services required to make this blood donation a mega success. We are sure DIP’s staff and other tenants at Twin Towers will also come out in full force to support Rouse’s blood donation campaign,” says Mr. Deepak Chawla, Operations Manager at DIP.
Globally, Rouse supports initiatives to help improve the lives of the local community through its ‘Rouse Cares’ programmer. The support ranges from providing legal support on a pro bono basis, supporting charitable institutions and working directly with community organisations.
It’s so hard to organize a blood camp in Ramadan, not because organizers are fasting and slow BUT people resist donating blood, although one can donate after iftar, but still people think they can get weak after donating.
FAiTh tried arranging a blood camp before Ramadan in different institutes/universities, but couldn’t get permission as they were already booked by some other Thalassemia centers, am glad someone approached them before us and I hope they would have get awesome result.
Now FAiTh has decided to organize blood camp after Eid and we are here to ask for help, help in giving us a venue, help in getting us donors.
If you can arrange blood camp in your neighborhood, institute, university, factory, office ANYWHERE, contact us. Just give us venue and donors and we will do the rest!
Hoping to get positive vibes!
Leslie Tanoue is among the Blood Bank of Hawaii’s small group of donors with blood that can help children with a rare disorder.
Tanoue’s blood is used to help people diagnosed with thalassemia major, a disorder that destroys red blood cells and leads to anemia.
Last month, Tanoue squeezed a rubber ball for the 70th time to give a pint of her blood and encourage others to do the same.
Tanoue has O-positive blood with antigens that match those of patients with thalassemia. Unmatched antigens would cause the patient’s immune system to make antibodies that destroy the transfused red blood cells.
“When we saw a special sticker placed on our blood bags and we learned that our blood is rare, it was exciting and motivating and stressed the importance of regular donations,” Tanoue said in a news release.
According to the National Institutes of Health, thalassemia can lead to severe anemia, bone deformities in the face, fatigue, growth failure, shortness of breath and jaundice. Severe thalassemia can lead to heart failure and liver problems.
“There’s no cure for it,” said Dr. Randal Covin, associate medical director of the Blood Bank of Hawaii.
Children diagnosed with thalassemia major may require regular blood transfusions as treatment to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
According to the Blood Bank of Hawaii, 60 percent of the population will need blood during their lifetime, but only 2 percent of Hawaii residents are blood donors.
For information on how to donate, call the Blood Bank of Hawaii at 845-9966.
Hyderabad: Students at the Indian School of Business (ISB) organised a one day voluntary blood donation camp in collaboration with Red Cross Society, Hyderabad recently. This was the tenth consecutive year that the camp was held at the ISB campus.
The entire ISB community – students, staff, faculty, spouses and alumni – donated blood, with 175 units being collected. The donated blood will be mainly used for children in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka suffering from Thalassemia, a genetic disorder which afflicts 1 out of every 8 Indians.
On the occasion, Shiv Kumar, head of Co-curricular Activities at the ISB said, “I donate every year during this camp since voluntary blood donation costs nothing but gives the donor a great feeling of pleasure, peace and bliss. This is our tenth year & I am glad the fervour of students and staff has only increased with each opportunity to donate blood. We had a record collection of 260 units in 2009.”
Dr Komal Jagdish, who supervised the camp, was extremely delighted with the turnout. She said, “Blood from this camp will be used by Red Cross’ Hyderabad transfusion centre which handles 1200 Thalassemia patients every month. But, in summer months, donations usually go down. We are thankful to ISB since this is the only camp we managed this month.”
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Emirates Central Cooling Corporation (Empower), the largest district cooling service provider in the region, held its fourth blood donation campaign in aid of children suffering from thalassaemia and other blood conditions recently under the aegis of Dubai Blood Donation Centre of Dubai Health Authority.
A significant number of volunteers donated blood as part of the company’s corporate social responsibility. The donated blood will go towards helping “Thalassemia” patients as well as others in need of blood.
Some 154 persons donated blood during the event. Students from high schools put up an entertainment program for the donors. All the donors, sponsors and volunteers were recognised with certificates of appreciation, gifts and prizes.
Ahmed Bin Shafar, CEO, Empower said: “The primary aim of establishing Empower was preserving the environment and to give our children a better life with natural resources.
This campaign will help meet the continuous need for blood supplies in Dubai. Empower is keen to continue such initiatives which reflect its firm commitment to society.”
Blood donations plat a crucial role in saving the lives of many, particularly children suffering from thalassaemia, who normally need repeated blood transfusions, in addition to many others who are being treated for other serious diseases.
The response was unprecedented and donors have already signed for Empower’s next Blood Donation Campaign expected to be held in/around August 2010.
The campaign was held with the help of sponsors, including Mohammed Bin Rashid Establishment for SME Development, Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC), Transgulf Electro Mechanical, Mario Associates, Gea Ecoflex, Technical & Trading Establishment, Union National Bank, Al Zarooni Electo Mechanical, Mezbaan Hyderabad Restaurant, Jeema Mineral Water (PSC) and AECOM Ellerbe Becket.
Blood transfusion is a vital aspect to combating “Thalassemia”, a genetic blood disorder that affects a person’s ability to produce haemoglobin, resulting in severe anemia.
Bin Shafar added: “Empower has always been at the forefront of organising such community focused campaigns.
We thank all the Empower employees and members of the public, who came forward to assist Thalassemia patients.”
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Larry Tidwell had been to the Whataburger in Winnie at least a dozen times on the way back from recruiting trips to Houston, and it had never taken him this long to get his food.
With a bus full of schoolchildren inside that October day keeping the kitchen staff busy, all the Lamar women’s basketball coach could do was stare at a flyer on the drive-through window that had a picture of a young boy in a cowboy hat on it.
The flyer was for a benefit to help defray the cost of medical expenses for 3-year-old Lane Hoffpauir’s blood transfusion.
“I couldn’t stop looking at it,” Tidwell said. “I’m an old cowboy myself, so the hat really got to me. I knew I just had to help this kid, so I took down the number and called his mom.”
Lane, now 4, has had more than 100 blood transfusions in his life, battling beta thalassemia, an inherited blood disease in which the body makes an abnormal form of hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen, leading to destruction of red blood cells and anemia.
Tidwell and the Lady Cardinal basketball team decided to adopt Lane for the season. After adopting Lane, the basketball team sold different ticket packages, which included tickets to Saturday’s game and extras such as golf and gumbo, to help the fundraising efforts at his benefit on Oct. 17. The basketball team’s efforts raised almost $15,000 and so far the family has received almost $100,000 in donations to help with the cost of his bone marrow transplant.
Courtesy by: eyeofdubai.com
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.