Sudais launches blood donation drive

Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais donates his blood as he launches a blood donation drive in Makkah on Wednesday. (SPA)

Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais donates his blood as he launches a blood donation drive in Makkah on Wednesday. (SPA)

The employees of the Grand Mosque in Makkah kicked off a blood donation campaign on Tuesday with Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, head of the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques Affairs, officially opening the campaign by donating his blood.

The blood donation campaign will run for five days, according to a statement from the presidency.

Meanwhile, an Indian expatriate group is organizing a blood donation camp to support needy Haj pilgrims during their stay in the Kingdom.

The expat organization is inviting members of the public to donate blood, which will be utilized for Haj pilgrims in emergency situations.

Mohammed Maunaff, president of Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamath (TNTJ) Jeddah region, said that his organization with the collaboration of King Fahd Hospital in Jeddah will be organizing a blood donation camp on Sept. 5 between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the King Fahd hospital in which more than 200 volunteers are expected to donate blood.

“We have been conducting the blood donation campaign in Jeddah for the last five years with the inspiration of Qur’anic verse that states that saving a life is akin to saving the whole of mankind,” Munaf added.

He also emphasized the fact that donating blood every three months is a healthy practice which is ignored by most expatriate communities in Kingdom.

He said that his organization has chapters in different parts of the Kingdom which are also conducting blood donation campaigns for Haj pilgrims with the support of local hospitals run by the Health Ministry.

Munaff also urged the Indian community to come forward for the noble cause and donate blood to save lives. He said that interested persons can come to the blood bank of King Fahd Hospital or call Salahudeen on 0508326083 for details.

 
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