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A special presentation was organised on the evening of Saturday 3 April 2010 by BAPS Charities at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London to raise awareness for blood donation within the Asian community.
Statistics from the NHS confirm that only 1.6% of all donors are of South Asian origin – and yet 7,000 units per day are needed to meet hospital demand. The event was thus targeted at the South Asian community to improve this figure and help those in urgent need of blood.
BAPS Charities volunteer Dr Mayank Shah explained how blood donation is an important component of BAPS’s healthcare focus and also shared his personal experience from 2006 when he required 17 units of blood following a gastro-intestinal haemorrhage.
Zeeshan Asghar, Media & PR Officer of the NHS Blood and Transplant unit, provided some background to the blood donation programme, describing the people who benefit from blood and the importance of involving more Asians as donors.
Personal testimonies of blood donation from this community were also narrated, including that of Chandrakant Patel (51) who has made an impressive 75 donations over the last 35 years.
Head Sadhu of the Mandir, Sadhu Yogvivekdas, concluded the presentation with a short address. He emphasised the importance of giving blood as a charitable and humanitarian activity, and urged all eligible individuals to participate in this noble cause.
To learn more about donating blood, visit the NHS’s Give Blood website here.
To book an appointment, call the new ‘Donor Line’ on 0300 123 23 23.
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