Request to help save a life

Dear ATC member,

We do not routinely send out such emails. However, we received a request from a very hard working member of the ATC who has dedicated themself to the Tamil cause. Their request was to help publicise the below message in an attempt to help save the life of someone they knew. Given the opportunity to help save a life, we felt we could assist with the request.

Kind regards,

Australian Tamil Congress


I received this email from a friend. I was wondering if you could help spread the word about it through informing your members. The volunteers of ATC work so hard to save and protect the lives of our Tamil brethren. Here is an opportunity to help save the life of another human, who is also from the same island. Humanity sees no colour or race. Thank you.

Shehan is a friend of our family who has been diagnosed with ALL-Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Shehan is just 33 years and has a 3 month old baby. He is in urgent need of a peripheral blood stem cell transplant. He is Sri Lankan by nationality and due to his ethnicity finding a donor from the National Donor registry for Shehan has posed a problem. Both his brothers were tested and proved to be no match.

His family and friends are looking for young people, of Sri-Lankan background, between the ages of 18 and 40 who would be compassionate and kind enough to find the time to help Shehan by donating 20 ml of your blood to test for compatibility (similar to a routine blood test).

The blood would be collected:

Saturday the 4th of June from 3 pm to 5 pm Annes Parish Hall, Strathfield (Corner of Beresford Road and Homebush Road) Entrance is on Beresford Road, Strathfield.

Another collection would be on

Sunday the 5th of June from 2 to 5 p.m. Cherrybrooke Community Centre Shepherd's Lane Cherrybrooke

You will be informed if you are a suitable donor in 4-6 weeks. If you are identified as a suitable donor (the chances are 1 in 1000) all it will take is 3-4 hours of your time in having your blood circulated via a cell separator machine and returned back to you immediately. After the procedure you could leave. There is no risk to the donor.

Please forward to those you think may be able to help.