Date: 3rd August, 2019.
The Kano hub of the Global Shapers Community held its annual voluntary Blood Donation Drive on Saturday the 3rd of August at Rendezvous event center, Bompai, Kano. This year’s event was the 7th edition of the drive since its maiden edition in 2013. The Blood Drive is held every year to commemorate the World Health Organization’s (WHO) World Blood Donor Day which comes up on the 14th of June every year.
However, the hub hosts a belated drive because of the Ramadan fast taking place in June, during which donating blood will be cumbersome for donors. This year’s theme was ‘Safe Blood 4 All’. A total of 91 heroes registered to donate, and 83 of them proceeded to do so after being found fit after screening. This brings the total pints donated through this annual event since inception to almost 500, this will potentially save almost 1500 lives.
The event was preceded by a massive online campaign on social media platforms which generated a lot of following. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) were posted daily to create awareness about blood donation, dispel the myths and misconceptions around it, and educate potential donors on what to do before, during and after donating in order to have a hitch-free donation. An Instagram live chat was also hosted by the hub and anchored by a Global Shaper from Durban hub, South Africa. A live radio program was also done at cool FM to further educate people and motivate them to come to donate and save lives.
The Blood Drive could not have been possible without our many partners. The blood banks of Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital and Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital ensured a seamless blood collection and screening for subsequent dispatch to patients in need. Donors got free instant Haemoglobin genotype testing courtesy of Samira Sunusi Sickle Cell Foundation and eHealth Africa. Steamledge Limited was also on board and 3 meals Culinary kitchen, Chef Halima Z and 7:30 restaurant all provided food, snacks, and drinks accordingly for donors and volunteers at the drive. Lucky donors selected via a raffle draw got the opportunities to have free casual makeup by Tafeedas Glamour and Mekkyaj Fandy. One got a hot stone massage by Tahir Guest Palace Women’s Spa. Another lucky donor got a free hair steaming session by Bubbles Beauty & More. Other side attractions at the event included a PlayStation 4 console where guests had fun playing FIFA matches and Table Tennis.
Certificates of appreciation were issued to partners and volunteers, much to their excitement. The drive was a resoundingly successful fun-filled event, complete with photo sessions and short interviews capturing people’s experiences. It was rounded up with a group photo of Shapers, donors, and volunteers, and everyone went home happy, except the 83-year old man who insisted on donating but could not be allowed to because he was past the age range considered safe for donation.
The ball has been set rolling for an even bigger and more impactful blood drive next year. Wouldn’t you rather be a hero too?