Jehad For Zero Thalassemia – A Mission, A hope

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This blog was published in KemUnited on 3rd April 2012.

By Farkhanda Qaiser

On Wednesday, 28th March 2012 was held the Volunteers’ Convention of Jehad for Zero Thalassemia at University of Central Punjab. Above 40 enthusiastic kemcolians attended this convention. Around 35 being from the lively first year.


Initially most of them had been enticed by the golden rope of certificates and dinner for all participants however their views changed as the evening progressed. Before, proceeding any further, let’s take a look at the history and objectives of JZT.

Jehad for zero thalassemia is a volunteer-based awareness program initiated by the students of University of Central Punjab in April,2010. The program has brought immense hope for the victims of Thalassemia and has proved a great source of awareness, inspiration and motivation for the educated youth. It now plans to flourish to other universities and colleges; the latter being its chapters. JZT aims at eradicating thalassemia from Pakistan by 2016. The following are its urgent goals:

1) Spreading awareness and motivating people to get tested before marriage
2) Providing blood for previously existing Thalassemia Major kids
3) Providing blood for any emergency through ICU@JZT

These goals were further explained through skits, speeches and documentaries. The highlights were the unusually-serious-speech from the king of comedy Suhail Ahmad aka Azizi;

the energetic dance performances by two little thalassemic girls (which brought tears to the eyes of many);

the heart-breaking documentary on the miseries of thalassemics ( https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Students-Patient-Welfare-SocietySPWS/123997921023440 ) ; the declaration of Sarmad Sultan Khoosat to be the brand ambassador of JZT

and a mime as well as a skit on the ground realities of patients of this disease.

There was also the formation of the word VOLCON. Kemcolians far outnumbered everyone else. Yes, they are the ones forming O, V and tail of N.

Overall it was a great event that greatly inspired all and sundry to play their part in eradicating this disease. Let’s hear more about this evening from the participants:

The highly motivated and charged ones:

“It was awesome. I wish to donate every single drop of my blood for those patients.” Farhan Ashraf, 1st Year

“It was a deeply moving and inspiring event. Thinking about that evening, I still can not help shivering, especially that little thalassemic girl…I couldn’t believe that someone with so much energy and life has to bear such suffering and death is ready to pounce upon her.” Rohma Ihsan, 1st Year

“Awesomest event of any welfare society I’ve ever attended! Motivation, passion, stimulus to sacrifice yourself for others was all over there. I just couldn’t move my eyes and ears from the programme which was going on. It was my honor to be a part of it.” Arooba Safeer, 1st Year

“It reveals that one person or society can bring a change.” M.Arsalan, 1st Year

“Jzt event was very inspirational. It really motivated me to do something for the thalassemics. I think that such an event should be conducted in our university as well so that all students should be awakened for the cause because usually we know things but don’t take action consequently forgetting it. I’m in for anything you want me to do for it.” Sania Saleem, 1st Year

The social activists:

“Being a social activist, I’m always on a lookout for projects that could ameliorate maladies, congenital or otherwise from our society. I hereby congratulate the JZT team for pulling off quite a remarkable feat by imbuing in us students the zest to strive for a total wipeout of thalassemia by 2016. The disallowing of marriage between thalassemia minor couples was a very viable solution proposed to halt its spread. Other practical solutions to resuscitate already existing patients, if presented through this platform, would be quite a leap I believe. I couldn’t be more eager to donate blood generously and attain the feeling of having saved a life. Atleast I’ll be making a difference in my very own way.” Raza Shehzad, 1st Year

“I’m very happy to be a part of jehad against thalassemia. JZT inpired me a lot and I promised myself to make people aware of thalassemia as much as possible. May Allah help us all.” Hafsa Aslam, 1st Year

“It was a wonderful experience for me. I would really like to help those thalassemia people out.” Umer Saleem, 1st Year

“A heart throbbing experience that acknowledged us about a dangerous disease, thalassemia and hence gave us a opportunity to serve mankind in a possible way by eliminating thalassemia by 2016.” Areeba Ishaq, 1st Year

The reporters:

“It was very interesting. They had a documentary which showed the miseries of the helpless parents of thalassemics; had a skit as well as a couple of dances by little thalassemia girls. Azizi and Sarmad Khoosat showed full support.” Faza Fatima, 4th Year

“It was just awesome. They announced that we are priveledged to have kemcolians here. They gave us special protocol from main gate to the auditorium. The documentary on thalassemic patients moved us all to tears.” Urva Khan, 1st Year

The ones full of praise for the organizers:

“It was awesome. Very finely presented and explained event and also very inspiring.” Seemab Sheikh, 3rd Year

“It was very motivational.” Junaid Alvi, 2nd Year

“It was a marvelous effort to provoke the youth of pakistan to wake up and join hands to save the flowers like Anum from thalassemia.” Fazila Gondal, 1st Year

“It was a very good platform for all the enthusiastic people who want to eradicate thalassemia and it really made all of us fully aware of the danger at hand.” Saba Sabahat, 1st Year

“The JZT event was well organized. It’s great that they were trying this hard to spread awareness.” Maheer Nayyer, 1st Year

“It was great motivation.” Fariah Mubeen, 1st Year

The true kemcolians – giving advice:

“It was a nice experience to attend this convention. I would like to attend and actively participate in such events in future as well. We should also organize such events in our university.” Zainab Ikram, 1st Year

“It was amzing and such events should be organized on regular basis and pariticipation of maximum studets should be ensured.” Umair Mazhar, 1st Year

Thus in short, the Volunteers’ Convention had it all – motivation, activism and most importantly determination to bring about a change and a means to do so as well.

I’m extremely thankful to SPWS for providing us the opportunity to attend this great event and contribute to a better society.

These kemcolians attended the JZT convention at University of Central Punjab on Wednesday, 28th March 2012:

1st Year girls: Alisha Kainat, Amna Khalid, Amna Khalil, Areeba, Arooba Safeer, Ayesha Ikram, Fariah Mubeen, Fatima Qayyum, Fazila Gondal, Hafsa Aslam, Paras Mehmood, Rohma Ihsan, Saba Sabahat, Sania Saleem, Sara Zainab, Urva Khan, Zainab Ikram.
1st Year boys: Ali Anjum, Aqeel Qureshi, Arsalan Ahmad Khan, Farhan Ashraf, Hammad Shafi, Haroon Rashid, Hasan Taha, Kashif Saleem, Maheer Nayyer, M.Ali Zia, M.Arsalan, M.Fahar Hayat, M.Hamza Arshad, M.Rafeh, Raza Shehzad, Umair Mazhar, Umer Saleem, Zahid Qadeer.

2nd Year: Junaid Alvi, Shaarif Bashir.

3rd Year: Farkhanda Qaiser, Humaira Sarfraz, Iqra Saeed, Seemab Sheikh

4th Year: Faza Fatima

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