Qatar: Mangalore Cricket Club, a socio-cultural organization reached out to its community in a noble initiative organizing a blood donation campaign on Friday, December 2 at the Hamad Medical Corporation Blood Bank unit. This campaign not only brought all its members, but also different nationalities together to join the noble cause as a holistic service to the community and Qatar. This was the 6th blood donation campaign organized by MCC and witnessed a huge turnout of donors from morning 8 am to 2.30 pm.
Riana Pinto, General Secretary, extended a warm welcome and invited President Prakash Noronha to address the gathering. Prakash Noronha welcomed the gathering and thanked all who attended in big numbers for the noble gesture. Speaking on the occasion he said, by donating blood they are helping their fellow brethren in saving lives as today it may be others need, but tomorrow it may be our need. So a donor today can be a beneficiary another day. He then introduced Mangalurean Community’s Dr. Atlantic D’Souza, Neurology Consultant at Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar to speak on the benefits of blood donation. Treesa Goveas, Membership Secretary presented him with a flower bouquet.
Dr. Atlantic spoke on the noble deed of blood donation and its various aspects and advantages. One donor’s blood can help save many lives as well as can treat many diseases. A donor too becomes unknowingly aware of his health condition and can take precautions for his health benefit.He emphasized that it is harmless to donate blood by healthy adults and stressed the need to take the required precautions. He too joined other donors in donating blood and also encouraged the volunteers to regularly donate blood and appreciated the efforts put by MCC in organizing the campaign.
Committee members took a good initiative in inviting many of their friends and colleagues to join the drive and witnessed a good registration of 106 volunteers out of which 66 were successful in donating blood after their checkups which was a good record of donors in MCC history. All were provided with snacks and juice. Though the registration desk was closed by 11 am, donors remained till 2.30 pm until all finished donating blood.
Prominent members from the community Karnataka Sangha President Madhu, Senior Vice President Venkata Rao, ICBF Past President& Representative of NHRC Arvind Patil, Tulu Koota President Ravi Shetty, Karnataka Muslim Cultural Association President Niyaz Ahmad, Bunts Qatar President Navaneeth Shetty, KSQ Advisory board Chairman and Past President Deepak Shetty, SKMWA Past President Abdul Majeed, Past President of KSQ Nagesh Rao, Excom Member of Bunts Qatar Santosh Shetty and others too attended the blood donation drive.
Hamad Medical Corporation then presented Mangalore Cricket Club with a certificate in appreciation of the campaign and appreciation certificates to all the donors.
MCC President Prakash Noronha thanked all committee members for their strong support for the drive and sincerely thanked the company officials of Integral Food Services, Dandy Company Ltd., Space Trading and Integral Uniforms for sending in their employees, also all MCC members, volunteers and donors for the noble deed. Through their support, we were able to witness a successful campaign and created a history in the club of highest donors, he said.
Integral Food Services co, Dandy, Space Trading and Integral Uniforms company workers and staff members join hands for the success of the event.