IMO News Service
Jeddah: A section of the Indian community here celebrated their country’s 70th Independence Day by organizing a blood donation camp.
Around 250 members of Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamaath (TNTJ), a social organisation from the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, gathered at the King Fahad Hospital and donated 205 units of blood on Friday, August 19, 2016.
Mohamed Munaf, president of Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamaath (TNTJ), Jeddah Region, said, “We marked our country’s 70th Independence Day in a unique style by organising a massive blood donation camp in Jeddah. We donated blood to honor the heroes of India’s freedom struggle.”
TNTJ is conducting worldwide blood donation campaign to celebrate India’s 70th Independence Day. In Tamil Nadu, TNTJ has conducted more than 30 donation camps so far and extending its wings to neighbouring states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka as well. TNTJ organized overseas blood donation camps in Dubai, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Oman to mark this joyous occasion.
Mr. Mustafa, who is working with a company and a TNTJ Blood Camp Organiser, said that the organisation’s members decided to celebrate the country’s Independence Day in a meaningful manner and express patriotism in a way that could help others and save lives. “We wanted to set an example to follow to other fellow Indians that instead of engaging themselves in Cinema, Dance, Music and other cultural activities during Republic Day and Independence Day, as dutiful citizens of India and that too when we are away from our country for employment purposes, we should inculcate the habit of donating blood and saving lives of the people who are in need and acute distress,” he said.
A large number of expatriates mostly from Tamil-speaking community from India pledged to donate on a regular basis. The voluntary donors of more than 250, including Pakistanis, Sri Lankans, Bangladeshis and Saudi Arabians, also participated in this drive. Other Indian states like Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Karnataka donors also actively took part in the blood donation campaign.
Dr. Imad Saigh, Director, Lab and Blood Bank, said that a significant number of Hajj pilgrims who suddenly fall ill or meet with accidents require blood, and this contribution will go a long way in helping such section of the pilgrims. Arrangements will be made with the hospital to dispatch the collection to be sent to blood banks in Makkah.
Dr. Majid Al Hardi, Director, King Fahd Hospital; Ghazi Al Gamdi, Deputy Director, Sami Al Johari; and Blood Bank team informed that these kind of camps have created awareness among local Saudis and expatriates.
The campaign started at 2 pm and ended by 7 pm. This is 12th such blood drive of this nature for Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamaath (TNTJ) – Jeddah Region.
For More Details Contact:
Mr. Munaf – 00966 (0) 50938680
President, Tamilnadu Thowheed Jamath (TNTJ), Jeddah
Mr.Mustafa – 00966 (0) 502513451
Blood Donation Coordinator, Tamilnadu Thowheed Jamath (TNTJ), Jeddah