Posted on September 05, 2016

In observance of International Day of Charity, Vodafone held a blood donation drive at its headquarters located at the Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP).

International Day of Charity is observed on September 5 and the primary aim of observing the day is to raise awareness and provide a common platform of charity for needy people across the world. Vodafone invited its employees and those of other companies operating out of QSTP to do something good for the community and help save lives. A fully equipped Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) mobile blood donation unit along with a team of outstanding medical professionals worked non-stop for 5 hours assessing each individual’s eligibility for blood donation and making the process of blood donation for the donors, many of whom were first time donors, a gratifying experience.

“I’d like to thank each person who donated their blood at the Vodafone Blood Donation Drive. Blood donors do an amazing thing when they give blood. Without blood donors, many patients simply would not be alive today. Empowering employees to do good for the community and supporting employee charitable initiatives is one of our core beliefs at Vodafone and hope that this drive has raised awareness for how important blood donation is. This drive comes in a long list of employee volunteering programmes that Vodafone holds each year,” said Dana Haidan, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Vodafone Qatar.

The Blood Donor Unit at HMC is always in need of supplies of blood, particularly from rare blood groups, and urgently need donations to meet demand. When you donate blood the red blood cells are used for surgery, kidney dialysis and to treat anaemia. Plasma is used to treat burn victims and trauma patients and platelets are used for surgery, and to treat leukaemia and other forms of cancer.