The University of the South Pacific Lautoka Campus’ first ever blood drive, launched in Lautoka this month (November, 2011) was a success.
And the Campus has intentions to continue and incorporate the blood donation campaign as a bi-annual or quarterly event following positive response from the staff and students of USP and the general public.
The blood drive was inspired by a recent proposal by the Campus Life Manager Glenn Pope that led to the formation of a committee comprising Campus staff, who liaised with the Lautoka Hospital Blood Drive to organize this event.
Held at the Sugar City Mall from 9am to 2pm on 12th November, the campaign awareness was created by notices placed at common places in and around the city, community messages on major radio stations, and Vodafone txt messages sent to regular donors at the Lautoka Hospital.
The Campaign is the Campus’ initiative to give back to the local community and encourage our youths to participate in such worthy causes to save lives.
Campus’ Blood Drive Organizing Committee Chairman Dennis Sen said he was pleased with the response from students who took out time from their busy study break schedule to donate blood.
A total of 52 pints of blood was collected that has the capacity to save at least 156 lives.
“It was good to see that many young people were interested in donating blood and we encourage students that this type of initiative should be a regular one,” Mr Sen said.
“While donors were coming in, we took time out to explain to them and others on the importance of donating blood.”
Mr Sen said the Drive attracted lot of donors that included students and staff of the Campus, a majority of them being first timers. “There is no doubt most of the first timers will become a full time donor,” he said.
Mr Sen said the staff of Western Blood Services present at the Drive ensured that only healthy blood was collected.
Though people from all age groups were eager to donate, the age limit is 63.
During the drive, the Campus also marketed its courses and programs offered via Distance and Flexible Learning (DFL) as well as Continuing and Community Education (CCE). Pull up banners and brochures were displayed for the public including students, teachers and government employees.