Galadari Brothers staff members take part in blood donation drive


Employees of Galadari Brothers Group donate blood in Al Quoz.—Photo by Shihab
Employees of Galadari Brothers Group donate blood in Al Quoz.-Photo by Shihab

Dubai - Professionals, mechanics, technicians and cleaners stopped by before heading to work.

By Saman Haziq

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Published: Mon 17 Jun 2019, 9:00 PM

Last updated: Mon 17 Jun 2019, 11:25 PM

Braving the summer heat while waiting in queues, hundreds of office-goers and blue-collar workers of Galadari Brothers Group went out of their way on Monday to take part in the blood donation drive organised by Galadari Trucks and Heavy Equipment (GTHE) in Al Quoz, Dubai.
The drive - with the tagline 'Let's be someone's hope: Donate blood and save lives' - was held at the training centre of GTHE from 9am until 2pm. One of the initiatives that the group hosts to give back to society, the project was put together in collaboration with the Dubai Health Authority's (DHA) Dubai Blood Donation Centre.
Donors turned up at the venue early in the morning. Professionals, mechanics, technicians and cleaners stopped by before heading to work.  The first donor to arrive at the venue was Mohammed Hassan from the sales department of GTHE, who said he was a regular donor for many years now.
"I donate blood after every six to eight months mainly because it helps me maintain my health, as I am prone to having high blood pressure. This helps me check and maintain my blood pressure. Most importantly, I do it to help save someone's life, especially since I read somewhere that one in four people who reach a hospital in the UAE need a blood transfusion," Hassan said.
Soothing music played in the background as the blood donation started, and fresh fruits and juices were served to help people regain their energy after donating about 450ml of blood.
Egyptian expat Firas Mahmoud, who works as a technician at GTHE, was present at the venue in his blue uniform.
"I feel that a lot of people, particularly children, are waiting for blood donations. Some may find it hard to get enough blood due to their blood types. I empathise with them," he said.
Organisers ensured that the blood donation procedure was easy for everyone. As soon as the donors arrived, they were asked to download the DHA  app called Dammi (which means 'my blood'), where they registered their details. 
Then, they were directed to the check-up desk where their medical history was recorded and blood samples were taken, after which they proceeded to the blood donation.
Alfred Saleh, HR business partner at GTHE who was manning the campaign, said the response was beyond what they expected.
"Hundreds of donors turned up for the drive. This is a tremendous effort from the GTHE to give back to the community and help. We are grateful to the DHA for giving us the opportunity to provide blood infusions for patients who needed it the most."
Constantly supervising the drive, Saleh reminded donors to stay hydrated; not go out in the sun immediately; and eat fruits and drink juice to normalise their blood pressure before they head for work.
Blood donation can be done every eight weeks, and platelets can be donated up to 24 times a year. It is said that with each blood donation, one can potentially save up to three lives. Regular blood donation takes 15 minutes, while platelet collection takes 45 minutes to one hour.
Benefits of donating blood
>You'll get a 'mini-medical'
You can donate blood only if you are fit enough to do so. Before every blood donation, you'll get your iron (haemoglobin) level checked, and your blood pressure and pulse rate taken. This will be of great benefit to you.
>Donating blood reduces your risk of heart disease and cholesterol
According to studies, blood donors are 33% less likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease and 88% less likely to suffer a heart attack. The lowered health risks have to do with iron depletion. When donating blood, you are removing 225 to 250mg of iron from your body, reducing your risk of health complications.
>Donating blood burns calories
A one-time blood donation can burn up to 650 calories, as the body has to work hard to replenish itself. Although there are many benefits to donating blood just one time, the people who benefit from blood donations are regular donors. A donor can only give blood every 56 days.
>Feeling the joy of saving a human life
Every time you donate blood, you can help up to three or four recipients.

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