Pune: Ismaili CIVIC India Partners with Ruby Hall Clinic for Blood Donation Camps

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Pune, 27th February 2024: Ismaili CIVIC India, in collaboration with Ruby Hall Clinic, organized two blood donation camps on Sunday, February 25, 2024, aiming to address the acute shortage faced by blood banks in the city. The Narangi Baug camp at Boat Club Road welcomed 41 donors, while the Palace View society camp in Kalyani Nagar saw the participation of 82 donors, bringing the total to 123 donors.

The Ismaili community took the lead in organizing both events, welcoming donors from the neighborhoods. The camps were supported by uniformed volunteers from the Ismaili Bharat Scouts and Guides group, among others.

The blood donation camps had the honor of hosting Padma Shri Dhanraj Pillay, a retired field hockey player and former captain of the 1998 Asian Games and 2003 Asia Cup-winning hockey team. Pillay, a recipient of India’s highest sporting honor, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, interacted with donors and volunteers, emphasizing the significance of blood donation.

Pillay expressed his appreciation for Ismaili CIVIC India, stating, “Blood donation is very important not only in Maharashtra but all over the country. Ismaili CIVIC India is doing a wonderful job. I am thankful to the many donors for coming and donating blood. I am very happy to be here today with the Ismaili community and support such noble efforts.”

Rahil Khetani, the President of the Ismaili Council for Pune, commended the turnout from Ismailis, neighbors, and well-wishers. He highlighted the impact of collective efforts and expressed gratitude for contributing to Ruby Hall Clinic’s blood bank.

About Ismaili CIVIC:
Ismaili CIVIC is a global program that unites the Shia Ismaili Muslim community worldwide in serving humanity through voluntary service to improve the quality of life for communities, regardless of faith, gender, or background. More information about Ismaili CIVIC can be found at the.ismaili/civic.

Ismaili CIVIC India Snapshot:
In India, Ismaili CIVIC has undertaken various activities, including beach cleanups, blood donation drives, road safety and traffic awareness campaigns, and food distribution drives during Ramadan. The teams also support festival-related events with crowd control and traffic management duties, responding to invitations from various government agencies.

About the Ismaili Community:
The Ismailis are a diverse community within the Shia branch of Islam, united by their belief in a living hereditary Imam of the Time from the progeny of Prophet Muhammad. The Ismailis, led by His Highness the Aga Khan, the present 49th Imam, actively engage in civil society, contributing their time, knowledge, and resources for the betterment of the community and the societies in which they reside.