MTN collects over 3200 pints of blood in “Save A Life” campaign

MTN Ghana Foundation has successfully held the 7th edition of its annual Valentine’s Day Blood donation exercise with a massive turn out. At the end of the exercise, 3,294 pints of blood was realized, exceeding its target of 2, 750 pints.

This year’s blood donation exercise formed part of the activities marking the 10th Anniversary of MTN Ghana Foundation and had 16 bleeding centres in all 10 regions of Ghana. The annual exercise gives staff of MTN and the general public the opportunity to help stock various blood banks across the country and to show love on Valentine’s Day by donating a pint of blood.

The blood collected went directly to the National Blood Service, 37 Military Hospital, Ridge Hospital and the respective hospitals in the 10 regions of Ghana. The number of pints collected from the regions is:

  • Greater Accra Region……………………………….. 249
  • Ashanti Region ……………………………………….. 318
  • Eastern  Region  ……………………………………….200
  • Western Region   ………………………………………296
  • Central Region  …………………………………………251
  • Volta Region  …………………………………………….170
  • Brong Ahafo Region  ………………………………….425
  • Upper East Region  …………………………………….492
  • Upper West Region  ……………………………………290
  • Northern Region  ……………………………………….603

Total                                                                  3294

Commenting on the exercise, the acting Corporate Services Executive of MTN Ghana, Mrs. Pala AsieduOfori, expressed her gratitude to all the volunteers for their generosity. She said: “the overwhelming success of the 7th edition of Save a Life is as result of the commitment of blood donors. MTN is happy about the turn out during this year’s blood donation exercise.”

“The result is overwhelming and as a socially responsible organisation, we are working to raise awareness, increase the numbers and help reduce the over reliance on the family replacement system,” she added.

The MTN Ghana Foundation instituted the annual blood donation exercise, dubbed “Save a Life” campaign in 2011 to support the restocking of blood at select blood banks. MTN Ghana Foundation and staff of MTN as part of the company’s corporate social investments activities initiated the programme.

From 2011 to 2017 MTN had collected 6,226 pints pints of blood.  This year’s exercise brings the total number of blood collected to 9,520.  The blood donation exercise was also initiated as part of MTN’s interest in health issues in general.

In recognition for its efforts, the MTN Ghana Foundation was adjudged thehighest corporate blood donor in 2013, second highest corporate donor in 2014 and one of the highest corporate donors in 2015.

 

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