DMC students generate funds for needy patients
KARACHI, May 4(Dawn): Students of Dow Medical College successfully raised Rs1.1
million at the 'Bake Sale 2007' fundraiser. The students collected this amount
through a citywide campaign with the help of sponsors, individual contributions
and trough the bake sale itself. All proceeds will go to the student-run
Patients' Welfare Association (PWA), which is managing various projects for
patients' wellbeing at the Civil Hospital, Karachi, since 1979.
of the annual fundraiser remained abuzz with activities from the morning till
the afternoon, drawing huge crowds. Though the major attraction of the
fundraiser-cum-mela was the sumptuous food, there was a large array of homemade
decorative items as well as ready-made objects on display.
many students from other institutions, such as the Aga Khan University and
Hospital, Baqai and Hamdard Universities and Sindh Medical College, also
participated in large numbers.
"This year we had carried out an
exhaustive publicity campaign in other educational institutions. About 300
students of the first year class were involved in the event's preparations,"
pointed out Zehra Kazmi, Vice President, Media Communications, PWA.
the PWA's working and efforts, she said that the organisation was one of the
largest student-run NGOs in the country, operating since 1970. The PWA-supported
projects included a drug bank, the recently renovated blood bank, a diagnostic
lab and follow-up clinics for TB and thalassaemia.
The drug bank, she
said, was solely run by students, while in other departments they were working
with trained personnel. "A large number of patients benefit from these
Every year we increase the bake sale target by
Rs100,000 and successfully achieve it. The PWA plans to establish a thalassaemia
day-care centre and renovate the diagnostic lab," she said. The event was
inaugurated by MS, Civil Hospital, Dr Kaleem Butt.