A nationwide campaign using traditional as well as social media will be launched in the first week of March to collect rings pulls from cans, to be recycled into hinges for prosthetic legs.
Following last year’s successful collection drive initiated by Catherine Lonie, assistant lecturer at SQU’s College of Arts and Social Science, Safa al Abrawi, a student from the college is using skills acquired from her studies in mass media, public relations and advertising to relaunch the drive as her final year project.
Catherine said, “Dr Therdchai Jivacate, orthopaedic surgeon at Prostheses Foundation of H R H the Princess Mother in Thailand uses melted down ring pulls to make hinges for prosthetic limbs, which are given to poor amputees.
“We collected thousands of ring pulls last year and in an exemplary display of intercultural cooperation, Thai Airways agreed to deliver them to the foundation free of charge.
“I believe Safa's creativity, hard work and dedication to this project will yield great results. She has many innovative and novel ideas and her usage of both traditional and social media will inspire every person in Oman to get involved,” she added.
Safa said, “So far Sohar University, Sharqiyah University, colleges in Sur and Ibra as well as nine schools have joined the campaign. We will use Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and YouTube to reach as many people as possible. We will also distribute flyers and posters in Arabic and English in schools, colleges and universities across Oman.”
In a letter, Dr Therdchai commended SQU’s efforts. “I am pleased that this project will raise awareness about the issue in Oman. Our organisation's objective is to provide free artificial legs, regardless of the patient's nationality or religion. If there are any amputees who need our services, they can come to our workshop in the Chiangmai province of Thailand,” he said.