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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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Motivational session – Project Report

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By Farkhanda Qaiser

Background:

Society of Academic and Research Development (SARD) took an initiative to educate the young kemcolians about the importance of social responsibility by organizing an interactive motivational session, ‘Magic with Medicine.’ This event was held in collaboration with the School of Leadership (SoL) – established on July 1st, 2002 in Karachi but with an outreach all over Pakistan. SoL aims to stimulate conscious endeavor for people to discover and utilize their unquestionable ability to elevate their lives.

Objectives:

The purpose was to motivate the youth to become responsible citizens. If every individual starts doing his own duty then a conscientious society is formed where the rights of all are protected. The name ‘magic with medicine’ was chosen because the case study was taken as medical profession. The young doctors would be encouraged to spread the magic of love and humanity through their medical practice. Moreover, they would be taught the tools to become responsible, skilful and better doctors.

Speaker:

The Senior Associate of School of Leadership, Mr. Umair Jaliawala was especially flown in from Karachi for this motivational session. Mr. Jaliawala has trained over 30, 000 individuals from corporate, education, and development and public sectors. He immediately relaxes his audience, guards down, receptive to learning, before he shakes their paradigms again. His sessions are a roller-coaster journey of change, exercises/games, questions, quotes, challenges and realizations.

Staff president:

The Staff president of SARD, Professor Dr. Riaz Ahmad Warraich provided his moral support in organizing this mega event.

President SARD:

Ahsan Jahangir (4th Year)

Project director:

Farkhanda Qaiser (2nd Year)

Project team:

The project managers, Rabia Zia, Shafaq Tabassum, Iqra Ahmad, Haris bin Akhter and M. Ijaz worked very hard in holding this event.

The project assistants, Hajira Iftikhar, Rameez Irshad, Isna Batool, Humaira Sarfraz, Mohammad Bilal, Namra Tauqir, Nimrah Siddique and Anum Asad helped in announcements and promotion.

The project organizers, Shahbano, Laiba Khalid, Iqra Saeed, Seemab Touqir, Saman Goraya, Mahym Mansoor, Saira Afzal, Aushna Rasool, Mirrah Mushtaq, Maimoona Mohsin, Reema Anjum, Noor Tariq and Zara Naveed carried out hall management.

Sponsors:

This event was sponsored by Qavi Engineers and Dynamic Packaging. The major expenses were the air ticket of the speaker, banners, refreshments and certificates.

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This event was a huge success largely due to the immense publicity that had been carried out by the entire project team. Word was spread through sms, social media (facebook, twitter, linked in, google plus, danka.pk – Pakistan’s events guide), chart papers, flyers all over university and hospital and last but not the least announcements in all classes.Notices were pasted in all wards of Mayo Hospital to publicize this session:

 4 surgical units

 4 medical units

 Urology

 Dermatology

 Psychiatry

 Orthopedics

 OPD

Date: Monday, 1st August 2011

Venue: KEMU auditorium

Chief guests:

Staff President, Prof. Dr. Riaz Ahmed Warraich and Event Sponsor, Dynamic Packaging represented by Mr. Waqas Ashraf.

Event proceedings:

The event started at 10:30 AM. The auditorium was overflowing with students, majority of whom were kemcolians however around 40 students from other schools, colleges and universities were also present. (Superior College, Beaconhouse School, University of Central Punjab, Lahore School of Economics, Kinnaird College and many others) The programme was inaugurated by the recitation of the Holy Quran by Muhammad Fahad (2nd year). Then the event host, Farkhanda Qaiser (2nd Year) shed some light on the past achievements of SARD and also the objectives of this session. After that, the speaker, Mr. Umair Jaliawala was called on stage to begin his talk. He used audio-visual content, discussion and exercises to grab the attention of the over 350 audience jam packed in the small auditorium of KE. There were 3 stages of this session.

Stage 1: Getting Involved:

In this, Mr. Jaliawala captured the attention of everyone through exercises and examples. He explained the strength of determination and will in achieving one’s goals by citing the examples of Abdus Sattar Edhi, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Jahangir Khan. These legends started small but their thinking was not small. Their goals were huge and so was their dedication. However there is no gain without pain. This concept was elaborated by comparing with the long duration of time and pain that body builders undergo to make strong, muscular bodies. Then an activity was carried out that surprised and puzzled everyone. The speaker told all the participants to get up from their chairs and TRY to pick them up. All of them picked up the chairs. However, Mr. Jaliawala kept on insisting that do not actually pick up the chairs, rather try to pick up the chairs. And so some of the people started to pretend as if the chairs were really heavy and they were trying to pick them up. But still they were unable to please Mr. Jaliawala who finally explained that there is no such thing as trying. Either you do something or you don’t. And you can’t blame anyone else for how your life is because you yourself are capable of making all the decisions.

Stage 2: Benchmarks

After the audience had become involved and were now actually hanging on to every word, then Mr. Jaliawala moved onto the case study of Japan. In March 2011, there was a Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami which wrecked havoc in the entire country. However, the exceptional calm and dignity that the Japanese displayed in this time of crisis was remarkable. The characteristics that make nations successful were then elaborated upon in detail. Some of them were ability, grace, order, sacrifice, tenderness, training, responsible media and conscience.

Stage 3: Be responsible

Once the basic requirements had sunk in then the point was driven home by motivational videos from Dr. Patch Adams and Tedtalks. Throughout the session, there was a lot of interaction with the students which maintained their interest and piqued their curiosity. Never once did anyone leave the auditorium rather more people kept pouring in despite the fact that no more chairs were unoccupied. They were content to even sit on the floor to listen to this great motivational session and get motivated. Their enthusiasm was evident from the oft-repeated applause that punctuated the talk of Mr. Jaliawala.

At the end of this session, a shield-presenting ceremony was held. The Staff President presented a shield of appreciation to the speaker, Mr. Umair Jaliawala and the representative of the Event Sponsor – Dynamic Packaging – Mr. Waqas Ashraf. Then the SARD president gave the shield to Prof. Dr. Riaz Ahmed Warraich who’d been the chief guest and had attended the entire session.

After this ceremony, all the participants were given refreshments. The certificates were given one week later. This event was also given media coverage by waqt news, shama tv and ARY news.