Dubai, United Arab Emirates: The Engineering Services Group of Al Shirawi, in collaboration with Dubai Blood Donation Center (DBDC) of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), held a Blood Donation Camp on 24th November 2015, at the Ras Al Khor facility in Dubai.
The Blood Donation Camp attracted employees from diverse departments of the Group. Over 128 Al Shirawi employees generously donated blood and demonstrated their support for the cause with their selfless volunteering.
The Corporate Social Responsibility activity initiated by the Human Resources Department of Al Shirawi, aimed at spreading awareness about the importance of blood donation. The blood donated at the event could save the lives of terminally ill patients and meet the transfusion needs of people following road accidents, surgery or complications related to pregnancy and childbirth.
Dr. Zakir Malik, Corporate Manager – Human Resources commented, “There is an increasing need for blood for medical emergency cases in the UAE. At Al Shirawi, we strive to instill an attitude of generosity among our employees. It is important that we play a role in the health of fellow UAE residents and help with safe supply of blood.”
Blood collected by the Dubai Blood Donation Center (DBDC) accounts for 50% of the total blood collected in the UAE. DBDC is the only blood supplier in Dubai. Its services extend to Thalassemia patients, road accident and burn victims, patients with neonates and maternity health complications, cases diagnosed with cancer or scheduled for open heart operations as well as to all private health facilities within Dubai that are entitled for transfusion services.
The growing population in the UAE has resulted in greater demand for healthcare facilities and supply of blood. Organization employees donating blood could significantly contribute to increasing blood donation requirements, especially during seasonal shortages.
The Blood Donation Camp is among the few CSR initiatives taken by Al Shirawi this year. Previous activities include a Clean-Up Drive, Diabetes Day and Pink Day in support of breast cancer awareness.
About Al Shirawi:
Al Shirawi Group of Companies, operating under the legal name of Oasis Investment Company, is a UAE-headquartered conglomerate with operations across the GCC region. The Group consists of 34 companies operating across nine business areas: Printing & Packaging, Oil & Gas, Logistics, Heavy Equipment, Manufacturing, Electronics, Engineering Services, Trading and Online Media & Publishing. Founded in 1971, the Group today employs over 8500 employees.
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