Muscat, April 18, 2018: As part of its commitment to community, Oman Arab Bank (OAB) recently organised an internal Health Day and Staff Blood Donation Drive, titled ‘Save a life, give blood’, at its head office in Ghubra. The event, which was held on April 16, was organised by the Social Committee of OAB in collaboration with the Ministry of Health. The drive was a grand success with a large number of OAB employees volunteering to donate blood.
Commenting on the Blood Donation Drive, Hilal O. Al Siyabi, Head of CSR at OAB said, “At OAB we believe that we have a responsibility towards the local community. Donating blood is amongst the simplest form of Corporate Social Responsibility, yet is amongst the most valuable ways of contributing to our community. This is primarily because of the ever-growing demand for all blood types and constantly need for stocks to be replenished. As a result, every little bit helps save lives. Through events like this we aim to raise awareness on this cause whilst also helping promote a healthy lifestyle amongst our staff.”
In addition to the Blood Donation Drive, the event was also intended to promote a healthy lifestyle. In order to do so, the Bank also partnered with a number of private clinics who participated in the vent to showcase their various offers and facilities. Healthy snacks and drinks were also served to all visiting staff at the event.
“Even today, despite drastic advances in medical sciences, blood cannot properly be artificially created. That’s why blood donations are amongst the most precious thing in the world. In fact donated blood saves millions of lives every year,” added Hilal. “As such, on behalf of OAB, I would like to thank each and every employee who donated blood on the day as well as the staff at the Ministry of Health and members of our Social Committee who helped in hosting such a successful event.”
OAB is engaged in various initiatives, such as this Blood donation drive, throughout the year; each of which is intended to enhance the social wellbeing of the community in which it operates. In line with its CSR objectives, a significant number of these initiatives and projects involve the direct support and participation of its employees, through invaluable work done by the Social Committee at OAB.
Oman Arab Bank is one of the first banks to be established in Oman, with a rich and proud history. Today, the bank operates a nationwide network of 57 branches and 8 representative offices across and over 150 ATMs spread across the Sultanate. OAB provides the complete range of financial products and services for personal banking, corporate and investment clients.