Imam Jaber bin Zaid School organised a blood donation camp on its premises in Wattayah on Monday in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health.
Over 60 people, including Grade 12 students, teachers and parents, donated blood in the camp.
On the occasion, school principal Suleiman al Jabri said, “The Ministry of Health has been calling people to donate blood due to an acute shortage in blood banks. When we asked our students about a blood donation, almost all of them were ready to donate. But they do not qualify as they are underage. For us, this is not just a blood donation camp. It is a good chance to educate young minds to learn to give back to society. When we come together as one, we can do many things.”
The Blood Banks Services Department of the Ministry of Health launched a year-long national blood donation campaign called ‘Be the One’ last month as part of its efforts to provide blood units to all blood banks in the sultanate.
Mohammed Naji, a student of Grade 12 of the school, said, “I was happy when I donated blood. I volunteered to do so because I want to help people in need. My father was proud and said ‘nice job’.”
(Text by Syed Fasiuddin)