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A Drive To Save Lives

A Drive To Save Lives
Fiji Sun Marketing Manager Rajiv Raj (left) with Fiji Sun IT Administrator Saahid Khan (right) during the blood drive on Friday.
July 30
14:07 2018

Business houses have been urged to encourage their staff members to give blood and save lives.

The plea has come from phlebotomist Avitesh Prakash, who is based with the Fiji National Blood Service.

A phlebotomist is a person trained to draw blood from a patient.

Mr Prakash was speaking at a blood drive organised by the Fiji Sun at Gladstone Road, Suva, on Friday.

Twenty people turned up to give blood.

Mr Prakash said one pint of blood could save three lives.

“Every day we organise blood drives, except Sundays. Our target is to get more than 30 pints of blood,” he said.

“On a daily basis we need 50 units of blood so coming to business houses is like an incentive.

“Donating blood is a hidden gift. You will never know whose life you’re saving, but you’re saving someone’s life. We never know who needs it and it could be me or you.”

Fiji Sun General Manager Advertising and Business Development Rachna Lal said the response from Fiji Sun staff members was really good.

“The idea was initiated by our social committee after noting that our National Blood Bank is constantly faced with shortage of blood to cater for operations around the country,” Ms Lal said.

“The Fiji Sun management then decided to adopt this as one of Fiji Sun’s Corporate Social Responsibility campaigns. It is our belief that participating in a blood drive is a great way for employees to get involved in a good cause which saves lives.

“There is a great need to donate blood as we have all witnessed in recent times that our blood banks turn to dry up quickly in comparison with donations received. As the saying goes, ‘your blood is the savior of many lives’ portrays a clear picture of how important it is to donate blood.

“The response from the Fiji Sun staff members was really good. There were many staff members who were willing to donate blood, but unfortunately some could not due to either being low on iron or other vitamins or having been on medication.

“We would like to thank staff members from around our office who also supported us in this worthy cause and came to donate blood.

“We thank the various businesses for allowing time off for their staff members to do this.”

Fiji Sun will host another blood drive before the end of 2018.

Edited by Epineri Vula




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