Only 0.9% of the UK’s total blood donating population are of Asian Indian origin
There are currently only 12,486 Asian Indian blood donors on the UK National Blood Donation Register
NHS in need of raising the percentage of Asian Indian blood donors from 0.9% to 2.1% to meet representation and service the needs of the UK hospital population of patients from BME backgrounds
World Health Organisation calls upon UK’s Sikh community to donate blood on World Blood Donor Day, 14th June
Head of the Golden Temple, Global Appointed High Priest and Leader of the Sikh faith, Singh Sahib Giani Gurbachan Singh Ji Jathedar Sri Akal Takhat Sahib, will be arriving in the UK to join His Divine Holiness Sant Anoop Singh Ji at one of the UK’s biggest events to mark World Blood Donor Day on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th June, as they collectively join the World Health Organisation, NHS and Red Cross to call upon the UK’s Sikh community to donate blood.
Taking place at the UK’s biggest Sikh temple, Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Havelock Road, Southall, the two-day Blood Donation Appeal and Mahaan Gurmat Samagam will form the culmination of His Divine Holiness Sant Anoop Singh Ji’s tour of the UK’s Sikh temples which commenced on 27th May, to encourage the UK’s Sikh community to sign up to the National Blood Service’s Blood Donor Scheme.
The magnanimous event to mark World Blood Donor Day in the UK will have a huge impact for the nation’s Sikh Community, as well as the World Health Organisation, NHS and Red Cross, and the funds needed to organise the event were raised within hours of Head of the Golden Temple, Global Appointed High Priest and Leader of the Sikh faith, Singh Sahib Giani Gurbachan Singh Ji Jathedar Sri Akal Takhat Sahib announcing it.
Rather than a blood donating session the event will be an encouraging enrolment of the UK’s Sikh community onto the UK National Blood Donation Register, which currently only has 12,486 Asian Indian donors. The NHS currently needs help to bring in ethnic minority blood donors. Many Asian Indians across all religions have thus far been reluctant to donate blood, due to misconception and a misled fear of offending cultural sensibilities and that donating blood causes weakness – something both the NHS and the event want to change.
Key Organising Committee Member, Reuben Singh, comments, “His Divine Holiness Sant Anoop Singh Ji wanted to do something with the British Sikhs that would benefit our homeland, Britain, directly. We are British and this is a cause for our people of all races & religions living here in Britain.
We are in constant need of blood in the UK and the current economic climate has obviously hindered people’s ability to support a number of charitable causes financially. Registering yourself as a blood donor and then giving blood is something that costs nothing but can help save lives and people in need.
This event demonstrates total racial integration as when you are called to give blood you are doing it without the knowledge of whose life you are helping to save. No race, colour, or religion will matter when it comes to giving blood.”
Blood Donation Appeal and Mahaan Gurmat Samagam – the biggest event in the UK to mark World Blood Donor Day – will be taking place on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th June at Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Havelock Road, Southall.
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