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Blood donated by residents of Palam Vihar, Gurgaon on Mcdonald's behest
The new branch of McDonald's in Palam Vihar, Gurgaon in collaboration with the National Thalassemia Welfare Society, an NGO organised a blood donation camp on 30 November. The camp, which was organised to receive blood donation and spread awareness about Thalassemia was held from 1 pm till 5pm. The blood donation was organised in a special bus with all the required medical facilities.

Monisha Gogoi, Project Officer with National Thalassemia Society, who was supervising the camp made it a point to talk to all the donors and inform them about Thalassemia. Talking about the disease and it's awareness, she said, ''We are working for these patients as it is an incurable disease, which stays for life. Thalassemia has an expensive treatment procedure, whereby each patient require at least Rupees 20, 000 per month for the medicine. This is where voluntary blood donations comes handy.''

The blood collected from the donation bank would then be taken to Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Hospital's blood bank, where they would get checked and stored for further use. Ashim Sunam, a donor when asked about the philanthropic activity said, ''I want to help the society, as I feel that I have a responsibility towards it. The feel good factor, which comes with the donation is secondary to the feeling that I am giving back to the society.''

Although, it is a part of their Corporate Social Responsibility activity, Ashish Ralhan, Assistant Manager with McDonald's Palam Vihar said, ''It is important to spread awareness not just about the disease but also about blood donation. Blood is an important requirement and most of the times there is not enough of it. So, our objective is to inform our customers about the donation camp and get them to donate.''

In large cities like Gurgaon, there would always be requirement of blood and catering to the same, these blood camps should be encouraged. People of Palam Vihar, go and donate blood as you can save a life!

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