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29 January, 2021

Local Islamic community making a difference to the Mackay region

Building on the successes of previous blood drives in Canberra from 2019 and 2020, the Australian Islamic Medical Association will be running a much needed blood donation drive.

By Andrew Sorensen

Annual poster
Mackay was chosen as the Islamic Community was passionate about making a difference. Photo: Sadaqat Ali Qureshi

The blood drive will take place at the Mackay Mosque on Friday, January 29 in support of the Australian Red Cross from 12.30pm to 2.30pm.

Mackay is one of 12 locations across Australia the medical association has chosen to target.

“This (is) a really simple and easy way to make a big difference. Donating just one unit of blood can save not one, but multiple lives,” ACT campaign director Mr. Waqas Ashraf said.

“By consistently hosting blood drives, and making them accessible, we hope to create a community of regular blood donors amongst Australia’s broader Muslim population.” 

Similar sentiments were expressed by Queensland’s campaign coordinator Dr Muhammad Ashraf.

“No-one understands the importance of blood and blood products in the management of trauma and bleeding patients more than a surgeon,” Dr Ashraf said.

“So, we are encouraging Muslim communities across Queensland to participate in this life saving drive.”

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