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Shaikh Mohammed bin Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan donates blood for Thalassemia patients

Shaikh Mohammed bin Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan donates blood for Thalassemia patients

Held under the theme, “It Takes 20 Minutes to Save 3 Lives”, the drive was organised to celebrate the annual World Blood Donation Day, which is marked on June 14 worldwide.



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Published: Wed 10 Jun 2015, 2:15 PM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 3:10 PM

Dubai -- Shaikh Mohammed bin Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Secretary-General of Shaikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan Humanitarian and Scientific Foundation, has donated blood at a drive held in Dubai Internet City and Dubai Outsource Zone.

Thalassemia patients, very close to his heart, were one of the many who benefitted from the event, which was held on June 8-9, to raise awareness about patients in the UAE suffering from blood disorders.

Held under the theme, “It Takes 20 Minutes to Save 3 Lives”, the drive was organised to celebrate the annual World Blood Donation Day, which is marked on June 14 worldwide. This year’s event has been dedicated to those heroes who save lives with their donations.

Canon Middle East hosted their annual blood donation drive, supported by Dubai Internet City and Dubai Outsource Zone, under the patronage of the Shaikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan Humanitarian and Scientific Foundation, and in association with the Sharjah Blood Transfusion and Research Center. The blood collected will be sent to hospitals across the Emirates.

Over 200 lives benefitted from this initiative.

Speaking on the occasion, Shaikh Mohammed bin Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan said, “The vision of Dr. Shaikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan was to serve the UAE community specifically, and the global community in general. Through this drive, we hope that the quality of life of patients suffering from common genetic disorders in the UAE, including those afflicted with Thalassemia and Haemoglobinopathies, is improved.

“Not many people are aware that it is beneficial to donate blood every three months from a health perspective. In the UAE, 60 % of the blood bank supply is used for Thalassemia patients, so the community must know that it is important to keep the blood bank replenished,” he added.

Majed Al Suwaidi, Managing Director of Dubai Internet City and Dubai Outsource Zone, said, “We are delighted to have supported this community initiative by Canon. The Blood Donation Drive has played a major role in raising awareness about the need to give blood. Wellness is a top priority for us, and through a series of initiatives for football, cricket and yoga, we are committed to promoting a healthy lifestyle.”


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