Despite the extreme heat and challenges of fasting, Kuwait Central Blood Bank was packed last weekend as hundreds of people turned up to donate their blood. Organized by the Pakistani Blood Donors in Kuwait, the 5th Blood Donation Camp kept the Blood Bank open for past mid-night as new and returning blood donors patiently waited for their turn to contribute.
Pakistani Blood Donors in Kuwait (PBDIK), a non-political social welfare group held their 5th blood donation drive in Kuwait on Thursday, 10th July 2014 in collaboration with Central Blood Bank of Kuwait, Jabriya and support from the Embassy of Islamic Republic of Pakistan to Kuwait and Pakistan Business Council in Kuwait. The event was organized with an aim to extent support to central blood bank in holy month of Ramadan when the supply falls against the demand of blood. The event also aimed to express solidarity and gratitude towards the country while strengthening brotherly ties between both nations and extending credentials as a socially responsible community in Kuwait.
Pakistani community in Kuwait firmly believes that the blood donation is a noble cause and the event held today is a mere token of appreciation from them towards the Kuwaiti society and an opportunity to extend their sincere support while playing a productive role for the social and economic development between both nations.
In a short span of mere 3 hours in the holy month of Ramadan, the event witnessed an overwhelming attendance of over 250 people among which over 140 persons registered themselves as blood donors. One of the highlight of the event was an overwhelming participation from female donors which showed vital increase compared to earlier 4 blood donation camps. The event was attended by people of several communities including Kuwaitis, Srilankans, Bangladeshis, Indians while majority were of Pakistani heritage who have been living and working in Kuwait with their families for over a well number of years and have always considered this country as their second home. Participation of people from multiple communities showed their vow and support in PBDIK’s slogan “No Nationality …. Just Humanity”
The event was honoured by the presence of Mr. Arif Butt; a leading Pakistani business man in Kuwait and heading Pakistani Business Council (PBC) in Kuwait as well as Mr. Rana Ejaz; president of Kuwait Pakistan Friendship Association (KPFA).
The participation also represented a strong and humanitarian message that exemplified a sincere contribution to provide support to needy individuals of the community, especially those in need of rare types of blood.
The community had exceeded the expected turnout and has responded with enthusiasm to the donation drive and expressed their willingness to take part in donating blood. The Pakistani Blood Donors in Kuwait group aspires to inspire other people among the community to donate blood and thus increasing the awareness in the Kuwait society on lives that can be saved with blood donation.