Blood donors do an amazing thing when they donate. Without their kind generosity, many patients wouldn’t be alive today. But blood donation is one of the most understated aspect within Indian community within UK.
To address this gap, DREAMSAI team partnered with NHS Blood & Transplant to arrange a blood donation drive from Indian community in Milton Keynes.
This initiative was very well received by the community and there was a massive response towards this noble cause which is very heartening to see. Around 35 donors registered for this cause & eligible donors of them have donated this evening. Over 80% are first time donors!
As we gather, this is the first time an Indian group has arranged a community wide blood donation camp in MK.
DREAMSAI is very proud to be the facilitator of this great cause and wholeheartedly thanks all donors who came forward. Infact, the response was so overwhelming that some donors had to be put on waiting list for the next available dates.
DREAMSAI endeavours to practice Saibaba teachings amongst which charity takes precedence. Blood donation camp is another philanthropic dimension in addition to the already popular Food for SAI, successfully delivering food for needy for over a year!
There are many reasons to donate blood:
Some patients who receive frequent blood transfusions need blood to be closely matched to their own, the best match typically comes from blood donors from the same ethnic background. A strong reason for Indian community to support those in need.
While people from all communities and backgrounds do give blood, fewer than 5% of blood donors who gave blood were from minority ethnic communities. This is despite ethnic communities representing around 14% of the population.
There are people who donated blood over 1000 times in their lifetime. Let’s start with donating once!