The MTN Ghana Foundation says it hopes to collect over 2000 pints of blood at this year’s “Save a Life” Blood Donation project slated for 14th February, 2017. The MTN “Save a Life” project is an annual Valentine’s Day blood donation exercise, organized by the MTN Ghana Foundation at which MTN staff public-spirited individuals donate blood to stock the National Blood Bank and other regional hospitals. The initiative started in 2011 in response to calls by the National Blood Transfusion Service for voluntary contributions to replenish critically low stocks of blood. A statement issued by MTN Ghana Foundation said this year’s edition will be expanded to locations in all 10 regions of the country. The exercise will be held at the following regions and locations: 1. Greater Accra- MTN House at Ridge near Vanguard Assurance; MTN office on Graphic Road, near Obetsebi Lamptey Circle 2. Volta - Roman Catholic Church (Sacred Cathedral), Opposite Fidelity Bank, Ho 3. Eastern- Jackson Park, Koforidua; Central- Aggrey Memorial SHS, Cape Coast 4. Western- Fiaseman SHS, Tarkwa and frontage of MTN Market Circle Office, Takoradi 5. Ashanti- Adum near Poku Trading 6. Brong Ahafo- Victoria Park, Sunyani; Northern- Tamale Regional Library 7. Upper East - Lorry Station, Bolgatanga 8. Upper West -Lawra Basket Ball Court Commenting on the annual exercise, Mrs Cynthia Lumor, Corporate Services Executive of MTN Ghana revealed that MTN Ghana Foundation aims to help Ghana attain the World Health Organisation (WHO) target of obtaining 100% 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. To add to the excitement of Valentine’s Day, MTN said there will be opportunities for donors to share “selfies” on social media so they can win amazing prizes. Special prizes will also be given to frequent donors of the MTN Save a Life campaign. MTN Ghana Foundation has collected a total of 3,715 pints since 2011. 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.
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