Davida Ruharo and Malack Hamid, two Year 11 at Kampala International School Uganda, showed that we can all do big things in our small way when they came up with a blood donation drive at their school.
With the encouragement and support of their Global and Perspectives teacher Mrs. Lang Jacqui, over 200 units of blood donated by parents, teachers and auxiliary staff on Friday.
“I am glad that these young students have the heart to save lives,” the school’s owner Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia said at the event.
“We are all potential patients and you will never know when you need blood to survive or save your loved one,” he said.
“Nationally, we need at least 340,000 units of safe blood annually, but the government normally collects up to 200,000 units or less. We are asking other schools to join us in this drive to compliment this effort as it saves people from dying,” he added.
Uganda Blood Bank’s Senior Nursing Officer Joan Odyek was all praises for the students.
“We were shocked when the children came up with these brilliant ideas that don’t benefit them but the community,” she said.
“We are thankful to teachers and staff for efforts aimed at saving lives and joining other partners like the National Social Security Fund and the Indian Association of Uganda,” she added.