MTN marks Valentine’s Day with blood donation

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Telecommunications giant, MTN Ghana has marked this year’s Valentine’s Day with a ‘Save a Life’ blood donation exercise in Accra.

This annual Valentine’s Day blood donation exercise, organized by MTN Foundation is to stock the blood banks of the various hospitals across the country.

The exercise, which was held at MTN House, saw hundreds of people in the metropolis volunteering to donate blood to mark the Valentine’s Day, which falls on February, 14 every year.

The ‘Save a Life’ campaign was first launched in 2011; with an aim to help stock the national blood bank by encouraging the public donate blood to save lives.

Currently in its seventh year running, the “Save a Life Blood Donation” campaign has managed to extend to all ten regions of the country, having started with just three bleeding centers in Accra, Takoradi and Kumasi.

A total of 16 bleeding centers have now been set up across the country to create the opportunity for more volunteers to donate.

The MTN Ghana Foundation has so far managed to collect 6,226 pints of blood since this initiative was started, with this year’s edition expected to also garner about 2,750 pints from voluntary donors.

Speaking at the event, Acting Corporate Services Executive of MTN, Pala Asiedu Ofori said the initiative enforces MTN’s resolve to support the national blood bank save millions of lives across the country.

She noted that they continue to commit resources for voluntary blood donations to raise awareness and increase the number of voluntary donations.

“As a nation, we experience a perennial shortage of blood at the National Blood Bank due to inadequate numbers of voluntary donors. MTN is committed to making lives a whole lot brighter and that is why we are championing this cause which is critical to the survival of many people” she stated.

The Acting MTN Corporate Services Executive was happy they have been able to achieve such feat.

“From a modest beginning of three bleeding centers in Accra, Kumasi and Takoradi, the blood donation has been extended to all ten regions of Ghana.

“The MTN Ghana Foundation, with the support of MTN staff, its agencies, partners and the public, have over the years collected 6,226 pints of blood through voluntary blood donations” she added.

Mrs. Asiedu Ofori called on other corporate institutions and individuals to champion the cause to stock the National Blood Bank.

 

 

Source: Myjoyonline

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