Mr. Glenn Pope, Group Manager Campus Life receives the award from Mr. Josefa Bolaqace, the National Manager Ambulance and Blood Services. To the far left is Professor Richard Coll, USP’s Deputy Vice Chancellor, Education.
The University of the South Pacific (USP) again scooped an award from the Fiji National Blood Services for the highest number of blood donations by a tertiary institution for 2018.
This milestone records the 8th consecutive time that the University has won this prestigious award.
In a ceremony at USP’s Laucala Campus on 15 July 2019, Mr. Josefa Bolaqace, the National Manager Ambulance and Blood Services, presented the Award to Mr. Glenn Pope, Group Manager Campus Life and acknowledged USP’s continuous support towards this initiative.
While presenting the award, Mr. Bolaqace said that although the trophy was a small one, it held a significant meaning.
“We are thankful to the University and very appreciative of the hard work put in by the Campus Life team in organising the blood drives,” he said.
He also thanked Professor Richard Coll, USP’s Deputy Vice Chancellor, Education, for setting an example for the students by donating blood himself on many occasions.
While receiving the Award, Mr. Pope said that he was extremely pleased that USP has been winning the award for the past 8 years.
“This truly reflects USP’s commitment in providing support to organisations that help the community as a whole, and reaffirms USP’s commitment to giving back to the community,” he said.
Professor Coll commended the efforts of USP’s Campus Life team for this very important community service.
In reflecting the University’s commitment to social responsibility, the Campus Life section works with the Fiji National Blood Services and Ministry of Health & Medical Services on an annual basis to organise a series of blood drives at all of USP’s Fiji Campuses.
The blood drives are held monthly at the Laucala Campus during the USP Pacific Market Day and throughout the year at various USP Fiji Campuses and events, such as Orientation Week, Health Week and USP Family Day.
To obtain more support from the staff, the concept of a Vampire Shield was introduced in an effort to inspire healthy competition between Faculties and Sections within USP Laucala Campus, by encouraging staff to consider making regular blood donations.
The competition is open to all Faculties and Sections across USP Laucala. Campus Life keeps a monthly record of the competition results and announces the winning Faculty or Section annually.
The winner receives a cash prize of $500, while the 1st runner up receives $300. The winning department also gets to have their department name engraved on the Vampire Shield and retain it for a year.
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