The MTN Ghana Foundation aims at collecting at least 2,017 pints of blood at this year’s “Save a Life” Blood Donation project slated for February 14.
A statement issued in Accra and copied to Ghana News Agency by Cynthia Lumor, Corporate Services Executive, MTN said, the project was an annual Valentine’s Day blood donation exercise, organised by the Foundation.
She stated that, staff and other individuals were given the opportunity to donate blood and stock the National Blood Bank and other regional hospitals.
The initiative started in 2011 in response to calls made by the National Blood Transfusion Service for voluntary contributions to replenish critically low stocks of blood.
The statement said this year’s edition would be expanded to locations in all the 10 regions.
The exercise will be held at the following locations: Greater Accra- MTN House at Ridge near Vanguard Assurance; MTN office on Graphic Road, near Obetsebi Lamptey circle; Volta – Roman Catholic Church (Sacred Cathedral), Opposite Fidelity Bank, Ho; Eastern- Jackson Park, Koforidua; Central- Aggrey Memorial SHS, Cape Coast.
The others are Western – Fiaseman SHS, Tarkwa and frontage of MTN Market Circle Office, Takoradi; Ashanti- Adum near Poku Trading; Brong Ahafo- Victoria Park, Sunyani; Northern- Tamale Regional Library; Upper East – Lorry Station, Bolgatanga; and Upper West -Lawra Basket Ball Court.
Mrs Lumor, commenting on the annual exercise, revealed that MTN Ghana Foundation aimed to help Ghana attain the World Health Organisation target of obtaining 100 per cent unpaid voluntary blood donation by 2020.
“As a nation, we experience perennial shortage of blood at the National Blood Bank and other regional hospitals 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. We are calling on other corporate institutions and the general public to come out to support our efforts by donating blood,” she added.
She said there would be opportunities for donors to share “selfies” on social media so they could win amazing prizes with special prizes given to frequent donors of the MTN Save a Life campaign.
The exercise since inception in 2011 has collected a total of 3,715 pints of blood and in 2016 alone, the exercise yielded 1, 645 pints of blood.
In recognition for its efforts, the MTN Ghana Foundation was adjudged the highest corporate blood donor in 2013, second highest corporate donor in 2014 and one of the highest corporate donors in 2015.