A BLOOD drive hosted by a financial institution on Wednesday collected a record 80 pints in its all-day drive that was open to the public.
As crowds flooded through the Suva Central complex, a number of them stopped at the blood services desks and took the time to donate a pint of blood to the BSP initiative.
One donor, 20-year-old Talica Salacakau said she was motivated to give blood because of a relative she lost a couple of years ago who required rare blood donation on a regular basis.
"Last year, I gave blood regularly and this year too because one of my aunts suffered from cancer and she died two or three years ago and that's when our family started giving blood, and after that, it became a habit," Ms Salacakau said moments before donating yet another pint to the blood bank.
BSP's head of marketing Nirdesh Singh said last year's drive managed to collect 42 pints of blood.
He said one pint was the equivalent of saving three lives.
"We did the drive last year as part of our corporate social responsibility," Mr Singh said.
He said BSP became involvement after it was approached by blood bank officials who suggested that corporate houses should be involved in the cause.
"The blood services provide all the hospitals with blood and the demand from the hospital to the blood services is 50 pints a day but they are able to collect 20 pints a day only, so we agreed because we have about 300 or so staff."
The drive yesterday was extended by an hour to 5.30pm because of the number of people who turned up to donate blood.