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Health and environmental issues highlighted at AUS Awareness Day
Numerous issues pertaining to health, social, environmental and safety concerns were highlighted at the annual Awareness Day, held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member, Ruler of Sharjah and President of American University of Sharjah (AUS), at AUS yesterday. The event, organized by the Community Services Division of the Office of Student Affairs hosted 24 governmental and private organizations and was attended by members of the AUS community, students from schools across the UAE, and the public.
"With everyone's hectic day to day living, we forget about the many aspects in life that are vital for our safety, health and well-being, social engagement and environmental responsibility," said Dr. Moza Al Shehhi, Dean of Students "We hold the annual AUS Awareness Day as a reminder and an eye opener for the AUS community and our guests about the many issues that impact the quality of life, the society and the environment. We share the same objectives with our partners from various governmental and private organizations who joined us in this event to reach out to as many people as possible."
"Through various presentations, displays, tests, checkups and one-on-one consultations, we were able to send the message across more effectively. It is our aim to make people aware of preventative measures that will enhance the quality of their lives, support a stronger society and promote environmental conservation," she added.
With booths and banners set up at the university's Student Center, the participating organizations educated attendees about topics ranging from health issues, such as the effects of smoking and driving safety, to volunteering opportunities for those interested in giving back to the community.
Dubai Blood Donation Center also hosted a blood drive for attendees.. Staff encouraged people to donate blood as it saves lives, is good for their blood circulation, and is completely safe.
"Today is about raising students' and the public's awareness of various issues. Having the blood donation at the Student Center also allows students the opportunity to give back to the community as well as understand the benefits of donating blood," said Shatha Aymann, an environmental science sophomore and active Community Services volunteer.
The participants at the event included Albayt Mitwahid, American Center for Psychiatry and Neurology, Big Heart, Consumer Protection Department, Department of Economic Development, Dubai Blood Donation Center, Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services, Dubai Police - General Department of Criminal Investigation, Emirates Strategic Planning Association, Environment and Protected Areas Authority, Human Appeal International - Ajman, Noor Dubai Foundation, Protection of Child Rights, Red Crescent-Sharjah, Road and Transport Authority - Dubai, Sharjah City Municipality, Sharjah Civil Defense, Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority, Sharjah Police, Sharjah Project for Oral and Dental Health, and the University of Sharjah College of Dentistry.