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Indian Independence Day Blood Donation Camp in Jeddah

September 01,2016  IST

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Jeddah:  A section of the Indian community here celebrated their country's 70th Independence Day by donating blood to commemorate the date on August 19. 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. 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 did that to Honor the heroes of India's freedom struggle,'. On behalf of our 70th Independence day , TNTJ is conducting Worldwide blood donation camp. In Tamil Nadu TNTJ has conducted more than 30 donation camps and extending its wings to neighbouring states of Andhra and Karnataka . Overseas donation Camps in Dubai , Srilanka , Malaysia , and Oman to mark this aspecious occasion, he added. 

Mustafa, 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 & other cultural activities during Republic days and Independence days, as a dutiful citizens of India, even when we are away from India, we wanted to donate blood and save lives of the people who are in need. 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, included Pakistanis, Sri Lankans, Bangladeshis,& Saudis also participated in this drive. Other Indian states like Kerala, Andhra, West Bengal and Karnataka donors also participated, he added. 

Dr.Imad Saigh, Director, Lab and Blood Bank said, that a good number of Hajj pilgrims who suddenly fall ill or meet with accidents require blood and this contribution will go 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 & Blood Bank team informed that these kind of camps as created awareness among local Saudis & expatriates. This campaign starts at 2pm to ends by 7 pm. This is 12th such blood drive of this nature 

- Maheen Mohammed  from Jeddah


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