Celebs join blood do­na­tion cam­paign

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

LO­CAL celebri­ties and ra­dio per­son­al­i­ties do­nated blood to the Le­sotho Blood Trans­fu­sion Ser­vices ( LBTS) on Satur­day as part of a cam­paign to fos­ter a cul­ture of vol­un­tary blood do­na­tion among Ba­sotho.

Dubbed #Saveal­ife, the event was held at Pioneer Mall with the likes of Du­namis, Dal­las T, Jiji F, Ju­ve­nile, T-mech, Kiva, Ju­nior and Bebe among the blood donors who added 16 pints (around eight litres) to the LBTS blood bank.

The ini­tia­tive was the brain­child of Ul­ti­mate FM pre­sen­ter, Prince “Quizy” Mo­let­sane through his Quizy Foundation in con­junc­tion with LBTS. Ac­cord­ing to Quizy, the #Saveal­ife cam­paign was meant to al­le­vi­ate the se­vere and peren­nial blood short­age in Le­sotho, which threat­ened to crip­ple the health de­liv­ery sys­tem.

“Our aim is to en­cour­age the en­tire Ba­sotho na­tion to em­brace a cul­ture of do­nat­ing blood. I came up with this idea af­ter see­ing so many peo­ple in my vicin­ity dy­ing af­ter los­ing a lot of blood,” he said.

“The other rea­son is that we needed to boost the blood bank in prepa­ra­tion for the fes­tive sea­son which is char­ac­terised by ac­ci­dents re­sult­ing in the loss of blood.”

Quizy said the in­ten­tion be­hind the celebri­ties do­nat­ing blood was to en­cour­age their fans to also do the same, thereby sav­ing lives.

“I am hop­ing that by in­volv­ing prom­i­nent per­son­al­i­ties whom peo­ple look up to, more peo­ple will start to do­nate blood to save lives,” he said.

“I in­tend to con­tinue hold­ing ini­tia­tives of this na­ture af­ter ev­ery three months. So, the next ses­sion will be held in Jan­uary.”

On her part, LBTS Blood Donor Re­cruit­ment Of­fi­cer, ‘Mamotheo Mpata, lauded the ini­tia­tive, say­ing it would en­cour­age many peo­ple to do­nate blood which is sorely needed by the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

“We al­ways have a short sup­ply of blood since it is needed through­out the year in hos­pi­tals around the coun­try,” she said.

“Most of our blood do­na­tions come from stu­dents. So, since schools are about to close, we will need blood from other sources. I be­lieve Quizy’s ini­tia­tive will reach out to more peo­ple and en­cour­age them to do­nate blood be­cause of the in­volve­ment of the celebri­ties.”

The event was also at­tended by Miss Le­sotho Sec­ond Princess, Molulela Monyake, who urged Ba­sotho to do­nate blood since it is the dif­fer­ence be­tween life and death for many.

“It is un­for­tu­nate that I am not able to do­nate blood on this oc­ca­sion since I do­nated last month. We were ad­vised to do­nate blood af­ter three months to en­sure it does not af­fect our health,” she said.

“I am a reg­u­lar donor be­cause I be­lieve it’s the least I can do to save some­one else’s life. If I can help save a life with my blood, why not?

“I en­cour­age Ba­sotho, es­pe­cially the youth, to do­nate blood and not think that they are giv­ing it away to strangers. In fu­ture, it could be you or your next of kin who will need the do­nated blood.”

LBTS Blood Donor Re­cruit­ment Of­fi­cer ‘Mamotheo Mpata chats with one of the blood donors on Satur­day.

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