Initiative to stamp out thalassaemia

DUBAI — With an aim to eradicate thalassaemia by 2012, a participant group of Mohammed bin Rashid Programme for Leadership Development ‘Future Leaders’ have launched a massive fundraising campaign.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Wed 29 Mar 2006, 9:52 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:35 PM

The objective is to increase awareness about thalassaemia, support blood tests before marriage, make young adults aware about the risk of this inherited disorder and encourage people to donate blood and funds for research.

At a Press conference held at the Dubai Press Club yesterday, The Future Leaders team, including Tariq Al Gurg as the Project Leader, Najla Al Awadi, Aisha Miran and Mahmood Al Bastaki, said fundraising activities would include road shows in universities and colleges to create awareness among students.

“Today marks the launch of our initiative, which we are carrying forward with the valuable support of our sponsors and key stakeholders. The collected funds will be directed towards the construction of laboratories, equipment and machines for thalassaemia treatment,” Al Gurg added.

The group has added incentives including a chance to donate and enter a raffle draw as well as an opportunity to network with representatives of event sponsors which may help them gain future career opportunities.

Earlier, Dr Maryam Mattar, Head of Research and Community Projects, Dohms said: “Thalassaemia is one of the most pressing public health issues facing children today.”

Etisalat will help in sending SMS in Arabic and English to all mobile subscribers in the UAE. Each recipient will have the option to donate by send an empty message to the number 1333. A fixed Dh10 will be charged as a donation on every SMS. Donations through SMS will also enter the raffle draw. Those who wish to participate more, can also send a blank SMS to the number 1333 to enter the raffle draw.

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