MBTS awards central Region Blood donation competition winners


The competition determines winners based on blood donation numbers of regular donors. The first three schools or colleges with most donations unless others tie become winners first in their region and winners in the regions compete for one position, which determines the national winners.

The function to award the schools in central regions follow similar functions which have occurred in Northern, eastern and Southern Region.

The schools which emerged winners of blood donation competition in centra region are Lilongwe based Biwi CDSS, Kasungu’s Manyani secondary school, Misale CDSS from Mchinji, Dowa’s Mpando CDSS and Linga CDSS from Nkhotakota. They had highest blood donations in the region.

The awarding functions were held separately in the schools where awards included football and netball uniforms as well as footballs and netballs being given out.

Speaking during one of the presentations, Manyani secondary school Head teacher Mr. Phiri commended MBTS for coming up with the initiative. “We are very grateful for the awards. These sports uniforms have come at the right time when we have had no uniforms at this school for the past 2 years,” Phiri said.

He added: “This is a welcome development. It is now very difficult to raise funds and purchase sports uniforms. This initiative I believe will motivate many schools to encourage pupils to donate blood. And I know that next year competition will be very tough if this initiative is continuing.”

At Mpando Community Day Secondary School, a committee member of Parents and Teachers Association, Mr Nyamasauka, also hailed the blood donation competition for schools saying the project would enhance efforts to save lives.

At first i thought when MBTS comes to collect blood from this school they just come to abuse these pupils and others, but after my own child was given blood that came from MBTS at Dowa District Hospital, i automatically changed my views and i realized the importance of donating Blood,” Nyamasuka said.
He urged people who gathered: “So i would therefore like to encourage all of you to donate and continue donating.” MBTS was represented by officials from public relations and blood donor departments. Speaking during the event before giving out the awards, MBTS Senior Public Relations Assistant for Lilongwe centre, Mrs Upile Kaimvi, commended schools for their blood donation efforts. She urged other schools and even individual members of the general public to embrace the culture of blood donation.

Biwi Community Day Secondary School emerged regional winners with an average of 77 units donated per blood donation visit in 2013/2014 operating year. The average blood donation units figure for central regional winners was 67 units per donation.

MBTS is still running the blood donation competition for schools and colleges and is urging all schools and colleges to take part. Schools are eligible to compete and will enroll automatically when they allow MBTS to collect blood at their premises through completing a competition enrollment form.




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