Chennai Blood Donation Camp

A blood donation camp was held on September 26th, Sunday morning by the Mufaddal Polyclinic, Royapuram in association with the Rotary Club of Chennai Bharathi (RCCB).

The event was held to commemorate the occasion of Chehlum, which is the 40th day after the martyrdom of Imam Husain, the Prophet Mohammed’s grandson, who was martyred on the scorching sands of Karbala, Iraq on 10th of Muharram.

The blood camp was organised as part of the Dawoodi Bohra community’s philanthropic initiative, Project Rise, which aims to synergise the community’s various philanthropic activities around the world.

The event was presided over by the MLA of Royapuram, Mr I. R. Moorthi and the Chief Guest Rotarian A. Ravindran, District Chairman of the Rotary Club of Chennai Mitra. A total of 95 donors came forward to donate blood.

MLA Moorthi in his address to the organisers and donors of the camp said, ‘This event is a great start of this humanitarian act in Royapuram. The area is one of the earliest settlements of Chennai and has its own heritage but has been overlooked by many organisations. I am glad that the Dawoodi Bohra residents of Royapuram have been so proactive in conducting events in my constituency and I will continue to extend my support to them. Together let us make Royapuram a Royal-Puram.’

Chennai Blood Donation Camp

Mr A. Ravindran appreciated the way the camp was organised smoothly and was impressed with the massive turnout from the members of the Dawoodi Bohra Community. ‘This does not give me a feel of a blood donation camp. The execution is really commendable.’ he said. ‘We hope to organise more such camps in the future under the auspices of Project Rise so that there will never be a dearth of blood availability to anyone.’ He also urged everyone to continue donating blood regularly to meet the demand. With a rare blood group of B-ve, Mr Ravindran has donated blood a hundred times.

His Holiness’ representative in Royapuram, Sheikh Mustafa, whose input was crucial in the inception and organisation of the camp stated, ‘We particularly chose the event of Chehlum for this camp. By donating blood, we remember Imam Husain’s sacrifice and wish to save lives in his name.’

Nisreen Madraswala, a Rotarian from the Dawoodi Bohra community was instrumental in securing the RCCB’s support for the event.

Many regular, as well as first times blood donors of all genders from the community and outside participated. Another camp was set up at Madhavaram as well. A total of 95 donors attended (57 at royapuram and 38 at Madhavaram) making the event a successful one.

Chennai Blood Donation Camp

‘I donated blood for the first time and wanted to experience it. I feel like I have accomplished a good deed.’ said Maryam Vanwala.

‘I donate blood regularly but this one was very well organised and in compliance with the pandemic protocols.’ said Juzer Dholkawala.