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This Easter: Give Blood

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Credit: Ghana National Blood Centre

Everyone wants to be a hero. At least that’s what I’d like to think so please do not pop my bubble.

Perhaps we’re used to super heroes like “Superman”, “Optimus Prime” “Black Widow” who risk life and limb to save the world. Maybe our ideas of heroes are of the brave men and women who fight wars to keep our ideologies safe, or of the people who jump in front of gunmen and buses to protect the lives of others.

But there’s a kind of hero that’s often overlooked. The hero who walks into a hospital or donation station and offers, free of charge, a spare organ or life-saving blood.

Last month, Blogging Ghana in partnership with the Rotaract Club of Adentan hosted a Donation Drive at Pentagon. We had 80 heroes that day.  On that same day at the Mall, Dr. Paul Mensah (who is partnering with the docs at the Accra Mall Clinic) was also receiving donors. Over 60 heroes turned up at the mall; the greatest turnout so far, for that location.

Here’s a message from Dr. Mensah from the last exercise at the Mall.

Video Credit: Gameli Adzaho of Blogging Ghana

I’ve spoken of giving blood here and here and hope by now that word has spread about the Monthly donation exercise at the Accra Mall Clinic. We may have pulled some numbers to voluntarily donate blood but now we’re asking for Ghanaians to make it a regular exercise. Every four months, please walk yourself on down to the Accra Mall or to the Korle Bu Blood Centre and give a pint to keep the Blood Centre running.

This Saturday, Dr. Mensah and the National Blood Centre will be at the Mall collecting Blood. You can sign up for the event here. I will drop in to support the heroes who turn up. I have a few cupcakes (made by moi) for people who donate (will be in the recovery room).

One lucky donor who also happens to read this blog will get a box of frosted cupcakes (vanilla and chocolate) delivered to a location of their choice.  All you have to do is go give blood this Saturday and drop a comment on this post. Tell us about your experience (was it good or bad? will you return to donate? Would you recommend blood donation to others?) and you very well may be the lucky person to get a box of my yummy treats. Winner will be announced Saturday Night.

Happy Easter everyone and thanks for being heroes!





  1. Hi guys! Maame, kudos for the great work. Popped in early today to do my bit and donate blood. This is my third time giving blood, the first two of which were at blood drives organized by my church. I was initially afraid of needles, but my last experience basically cured me of that. Nice! The staff of the National Blood Service were extremely professional, nice and efficient. Within 15 minutes, i was processed and connected up to the needle and bag. I must say my blood looked super good in that bag! Maame’s delicious cupcakes sealed the deal and made the whole experience the best ever. Please donate some blood when you have the chance. Save a life. It just might be yours….

    March 30, 2013
  2. @Gasim thanks so much for coming over to donate. Your bag was so full! I’m glad you found the experience at the Mall satisfying. Do you prefer that location to the church venues you previously experienced? Will the Mall be your regular donation point?

    Please continue to spread the word about the importance of giving blood and bring a friend with you for your next one.

    Oh btw since you’re the first and only one to comment, the box of cakes is yours. I’ll holla at you and arrange for pickup/delivery.

    March 31, 2013
  3. Great post,we should encourage such initiatives

    August 6, 2014
  4. Great post,we should encourage such initiatives

    August 6, 2014
    • Thank you Nana. The blood donation exercise still comes off every last Saturday of each month at the Accra Mall. The NBC has opened a new unit at Korle Bu for voluntary donations as well. Are you a blood donor? Will you donate this month?

      August 7, 2014

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