Shoppers join blood drive
Sunday, April 22, 2007
LAUTOKA shoppers took time out yesterday to donate blood as part of the Western Blood Bank drive in partnership with the Shri Satya Sai organisation's Lautoka branch.
The drive was held at the Sugar City Mall from 8am to 4pm
Western Blood Bank manager Janesh Narayan said the public should take the initiative and donate blood and not wait until something happens in their family. He said the public should not hold back when it comes to donating blood.
He said the drive was successful with the team collecting 43 pints of blood, from 65 people.
"Everyone of us some day or sometime will need blood," he said.
"When a member in our family gets sick and we need blood, we run to the blood bank. But when the blood bank needs help, people are not forthcoming.
He said the blood donation would help the Lautoka Hospital a lot.
Mr Narayan said the blood drive is done after every three months at the mall. He said the bank also approached business houses and schools for public awareness exercises and to recruit donors.
"We do it three times a year with the help of the Sai organisation's Lautoka branch," he said.
"It's an on-going program. The red pack cells have a life of 42 days and that's why we need to replenish stock."
Earlier this month students and teachers of Lautoka Central College took time out to donate blood to the blood bank. School principal Dip Chandra said students and teachers wanted to participate in such an event.