More than 100 Takatof volunteers are involved in the drive which began on June 6th, reaching out to include all seven emirates.
Blood donation centres have been set up in Al Bawadi Mall in Al Ain and in collaboration with blood banks across the Emirates.
Volunteers have been assisting and organising the public, helping donors complete required documentation and distributing refreshment to all participants.
“The campaign is a call from the Takatof Programme urging people to donate blood and ultimately save lives,” said Maytha Al Habsi, the Emirates Foundation’s Chief Programmes Officer.
Al Habsi said, “The interaction and community response so far had been tremendous. The campaign is in line with Takatof’s mission to encourage people to volunteer, to mobilise resources in the UAE and to deliver creative solutions that meet community needs.” she added, “It is also part of our corporate social responsibility.”
Takatof was established in April 2007 as an initiative of the Emirates Foundation for Youth Development. Inspired by HH General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Takatof was designed to embed volunteering in the UAE culture and to nurture the idea of volunteering as a way of life.
It offers young people meaningful opportunities to volunteer for humanitarian, social and community programmes. Takatof aims to raise public awareness of community needs, enhance the values of volunteering and to support and encourage volunteering particularly amongst the young. Its projects help build volunteers’ capabilities and meet their aspirations while developing volunteer strategy in collaboration and coordination with partners from the public and the private sectors.
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