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Gift of life

Repeka Nasiko
Monday, January 06, 2014

ABOUT 800 pints of blood were collected by the Nadi-based Sathya Sai Service Organisation last year.

This was revealed by organisation chairman Mohan Lal who was out again with fellow group members collecting blood in Nadi on Saturday.

"With our blood drives last year, we managed to collect about 800 pints for the Lautoka and CWM hospitals," he said.

"We went to all districts in the country and visited more than 30 communities."

Mr Lal said the organisation was once again targeting to achieve similar numbers this year.

"This year, we wanted to start early. Working in conjunction with the Ministry of Health, the Fiji National Blood Services, tertiary and corporate bodies, we want to continue our community services by collecting more blood for our hospitals."

Mr Lal said the group had been conducting blood drives for the past 10 years.

"We are an organisation that does a lot of charity work and the reason we started our blood drives is we saw that it was an avenue where we could expand our service to.

"Apart from conducting health clinics and providing disaster relief post-disaster, blood drives was another form of service that we could offer," he said.

The response from the public on Saturday was not what was expected by the organisers.

"We've collected only 24 pints so far," said Mr Lal during midday.

"The response has not been what we expected.

"We thought by now, we would have about 40 pints.

"We think this may be due to the fact that people are still away on holiday and there were other blood drives that were also held this (last) week."

Mr Lal said the group would not let the result of the first blood drive of 2014 deter the organisation's focus to collect more blood to help others.