30/05/2012 14:49

Generous students donate blood at Don Bosco, Henderson, Solomon Islands

Twenty-six Don Bosco students came forward to donate blood on 23 May as part of the ‘Helpem Iumi’ volunteer blood donor recruitment program being organized by the Solomon Islands Red Cross.

The donors filled up their forms, gave their blood with a smile on their faces and joy in their hearts. At the end of their donation they were delighted to pick up a packet of biscuits and enjoy a cold drink. “It is wonderful that we can give blood and save lives”, said Collin Waleani, Senior Automotive student, always ready and willing to volunteer his time and talent to reach out to the less fortunate. Others expressed similar comments.

As the day drew to a close at 2:00 pm, the ones in charge were delighted. “It has been the highest school donation this semester”, said one of the promoters of the initiative Sally Kimbo. The school staff fully supported and encouraged the students to participate.

“You can donate blood whether you are young, a middle aged mother or even an elderly person. It is actually important that females donate more, as they are the highest users of blood especially at the time of labour and delivery”, said Deanne Seppy, coordinator of the Solomon Islands Red Cross Blood Donation program

“It is heartwarming to note that our students are generous with their time, talent and now with their blood. They receive a lot from parents, teachers, benefactors and friends. This is perhaps a way, by which they can return something and say thank you”, said Fr. Ambrose Pereira SDB, Rector of Don Bosco, Henderson, Solomon Islands.

(CBC Communications 300512 – giorgiolicini@yahoo.com)