MTN Ghana Foundation has collected over 6,000 units of blood at the 2020 annual ‘Save a Life’ blood donation exercise – exceeding its target of 5,000 units.
The annual exercise gives MTN staff, trade partners and the general public an opportunity to show love on Valentines’ Day by donating a unit of blood to help stock various blood-banks across the country.
This year’s blood donation exercise had a total of 24 donation centrss in all 16 regions of Ghana.
The blood collected went directly to the National Blood Service, 37 Military Hospital, Greater Accra Regional Hospital, Ridge and respective regional hospitals. At the end of the exercise, the following number of units were collected from the various regions:
- Greater Accra – 504
- Ashanti – 534
- Bono – 548
- Bono East – 461
- Ahafo – 218
- Upper West – 371
- Upper East – 483
- North East – 215
- Northern Region – 924
- Savannah – 167
- Volta – 353
- Oti – 64
- Eastern – 410
- Western – 225
- Western North – 202
- Central – 357
Commenting on the blood donation campaign, the Corporate Services Executive of MTN, Mr. Samuel Koranteng, said the exercise was a huge success; and he attributed the campaign’s success to the efforts of all blood donors who came out to donate. He said: “I would like to use this opportunity to thank all who supported in various ways to make this exercise successful. Thank you for coming to save lives by donating a unit of blood”.
The MTN ‘Save a Life’ project is an annual Valentine’s Day blood donation exercise, organised by the MTN Ghana Foundation. This initiative gives MTN staff and other individuals an opportunity to donate blood and stock the National Blood-Bank and regional hospitals. The project started in 2011, responding to calls made by the National Blood Service for voluntary contributions to replenish critically low stocks of blood. In all, over 20,036 pints of blood have been collected since its inception.
In recognition of 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.
MTN Ghana Foundation is committed to brightening lives of communities across Ghana. The Foundation is hopeful that through its continuous partnership with members of the public, many lives will be saved through the exercise.