Islamabad - A daylong activity was held here on Friday for children suffering from thalassaemia major.

Fun City, a play area for children at Centaurus Mall, organised the event that was held in collaboration with Thalassaemia Awareness & Prevention Pakistan (TAPP). The activity was organized in connection with World Thalassemia Day that is marked on 8th of May every year around the world to raise awareness about the disease.

The children were given an amazing welcome by the staff and management with gifts and food. Along with that, they had full access to all the rides and games offered at Fun City. It was quite a treat to see those happy faces having a very fun time.

Arooj Hussain, director of community affairs who heads the public outreach program at Fun City, said, “It’s been about two years since Fun City was launched in Pakistan, and we have had several such activities in this time.

This event with TAPP is particularly close to my heart because this is something easily preventable when the right measures are taken and awareness is spread.”

Two major consequences of thalassemia are severe anaemia that leads to poor growth and impaired physical activities. “The more we know, the more we can do. The affected children need our full support and understanding so as to provide them with the quality of life they deserve. The management and staff at Fun City absolutely look towards ways we can do more, to work hand in hand with Thalassemia Awareness & Prevention in Pakistan,” she said.

TAPP President Ayesha Asif Ali said that thalassemia is a disease that affects people from all walks of life, irrespective of social status, cast, creed and religion. More than 10 million people are “carriers” of Thalassemia in Pakistan. And annually almost 6,000 to 7,000 children are born with Thalassaemia  major in Pakistan every year. This is mainly due to lack of awareness, knowledge and education regarding this disease.

“We are appreciative and look towards more organisations like Fun City to help in this regard by organising and co-participating in activities for affected children, raising awareness on the efforts and education towards the prevention of the disease and supporting fund raising activities” she said.