Rotary, Chellarams collaborate to donate blood at firms’ 90th anniversary
• Organisation preaches love, sharing at Valentine
ROTARY International, District 9110, which comprises Lagos and Ogun States, through its arm “Safe Blood Africa,” has partnered with the Chellarams Plc and Lagos State Transfusion Blood Services to donate over 100 units of blood for distribution to several areas including trauma centres, hospitals handling delivery of children as well as hospitals handling diverse cases of children where pints of blood are needed among others.
The exercise came on the heels of the celebration of Chellarams 90th Anniversary of doing business in Nigeria. The event took place at the company’s training school in Isolo.
Speaking at the occasion, the District Governor, Rotary International, District 9110, Olugbemiga Olowu who also donated blood, lauded the initiative of Chellarams Plc for encouraging members of its staff to donate blood to save lives.
“Rotary International would always partner with organizations of like minds like Chellarams Plc that would always go the extra mile to help the needy, assist the less privileged and make contributions to make the world a better living.”
“Rotary International, an humanitarian body has always been in the vanguard of saving lives through blood donation and ancillary activities over the years through its Group “Safe Blood Africa” and that explains why we have decided to support Chellarams Plc in this noble exercise.”
“Safe Blood Africa” is Rotary International Body that works in Nigeria and other African countries to collect blood from donors and deposit in blood banks to store them for use during hazardous situations” he explained.
Also addressing the media during the occasion, the CEO of Chellerams, Mr. Aditya Chellarams, who also presented himself for blood donation said he was highly impressed to see members of Chellarams Plc and others outside the group volunteering to donate their blood.
“No one felt uncomfortable as the exercise went on smoothly. I myself came out smiling and happy after donating my own blood and felt very happy to have actively participated in the exercise and more importantly, very glad that Chellarams Plc staff as well as staff of the Group of Companies were the largest turnout. We are glad to have as our partner in the exercise, members of the Rotary Club including the District Governor who also donated blood.”
“We quite realize the fact that there is shortage of fresh blood supply in the hospital system especially in Lagos which is a very fast-growing city and there is need for blood in hospitals and I believe this is what every Company should be ready to do.”
“The donation was 100 per cent free while members of staff had a meeting before the exercise with the Lagos State Transfusion Services who explained the benefit of donating blood and also disabused their minds of any danger involved in blood donation,” he said.
The Chairman, Safe Blood Committee, Rotary International, District 9110, Dr. Hassan Adelakun described the exercise as timely due to the fact that there had been a dearth of save blood.
“Every year in Nigeria, we have the deficit of over two million units of blood and consequently have been facing the difficulty of meeting the needs of women who require blood during delivery as well as children with anemia after contacting malaria including those needing blood as a result of road accidents.”
Meanwhile, ahead of tomorrow’s celebration of Valentine’s Day worldwide, the Rotary Club of Abuja Gwarinpa, has called on people to show true love and care to people in need.
The club called for the re-definition of love, urging people to move away from the frivolities often associated with the day and rededicate themselves to the concept of true love for neighbours, the poor and the needy in the society.
A member of the club, Keziah Okonofua, who led the discussions, dwelt on love and sharing.
She said “love refers to a variety of emotions and identified five kinds of love: security love, friendship love, romantic love, selfish love and agape love.”
She advised Rotary members and guests to imbibe agape love and also weigh same with Rotary’s Four Way Test: is the truth, is it fair to all concerned, will it build goodwill and better friendship and will it be beneficial to all concerned.
She ended by saying that the only love we get to keep is the love we give to others. “ This is Rotary’s kind of love! This love shares, gives, doesn’t hold back,” she noted.
President of the Club, James Ugbeda, a lawyer, later gave out gifts contributed by members to all the guests in line with the spirit of the season.
“Our target of 100 units of blood donation today will go a long way to saving over 500 people and our joy is that the blood being donated today will be screened by the Lagos State Blood Transfusion Service in collaboration with National Blood Transfusion Service to have quality blood of international standard which would subsequently be distributed to various places of need.
He advised: “I plead with Nigerians to voluntarily donate their blood to save lives. Since screening takes place before donation to ensure that anyone having below eight to 10 pints of blood would not be allowed to donate. Pints of blood in the body above eight or 10 are better donated because the body does not need more than the stipulated pints while the system would always replace any reduction.”
“Gone are those days when people donate blood and faint as fluids taken after donation would quickly replace the lost pints,” he added.