Over three hundred students in the Ashanti region turned up for a special Valentine’s Day blood donation organised by Mobile telecommunications giant MTN.
The students were mainly from the Bantama Adventist Senior High School and the Katanga Hall of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, all in Kumasi
When many of their contemporaries are thinking of doing things that ruin their future or that of others, the Adventist students queued up donating pints of blood to save lives.
Not the long winding queues discouraged or deterred them from the zeal to express their love in a different way, perhaps for the first time in their lives.
To the students, taking part in this year’s blood donation exercise organized by Telecom Giants, MTN-Ghana, and in collaboration with the Komfo Anokye Transfusion Unit, was the best way they had ever celebrated Valentine’s Day.
The Head of Transfusion Unit at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Dr. Shirley Owusu-Ofori could not hide her delight at the voluntary spirit of the students in donating blood.
She noted that the Unit can only give blood to help patients when people show responsibility by donating same to support those who may be in need of blood.
Dr. Owusu-Ofori intimated that blood is life and that there is no better way of showing love than donating blood to save lives of people in need of it.
She commended MTN for their efforts in helping the Transfusion Unit to get the chance to stock some pints of blood to attend to emergencies and clinical cases.
Meanwhile, the Acting General Manager, MTN- Northern Business District, Mr. Peter Bimpeh, noted that the exercise is part of the passion the company attaches to initiatives that are aimed at helping the needy in the society.
According to him, apart from being a social responsibility, MTN sees such life-saving exercises as crucial needs that must not be toyed with at all.
Sick and unhealthy people, the acting manager mentioned cannot contribute to the building of the country.
This, he explained makes MTN wanting to ensure issues about health and the education of the citizenry are given more attention, ‘and we thank God that we are second to none when it comes to such regards’.
MTN has given the KATH Blood Bank 6,000 pints of blood in eight years, a feat worthy not only of acknowledgment but emulating.