Blood drive kicks off worker celebrations


27-April-2005

The blood drive will continue throughout this week and possibly extend into May, according to Antoine Robinson, secretary general of the Seychelles Federation of Workers Union and a member of the May Day organising committee.

Mr Robinson said a number of different workplaces, including ministries and the Police Academy, have already confirmed their participation to donate blood. He said more than 20 participants made the trip to the hospital on Tuesday and more were expected during the week, including some from Praslin and La Digue.

The blood drive is the third in as many years organised by the committee for May Day.

Mr Robinson said the donations were part of a "humanitarian gesture" to "mobilise workers to help society."

Other items on the agenda for this week leading up to Sunday include a forum on labour issues to be broadcast on SBC television on Thursday night, and a day-long conference on Friday at the International Conference Centre under the theme "Strategies to increase productivity for economic growth and our children's future."

Minister for Economic Planning and Employment Jacquelin Dugasse is expected to address the conference, which will also see a variety of presentations on productivity from different work sectors.

May Day itself will see a special workers' mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception at 9 a.m., followed by a Piknik Travayer at Beau Vallon and a Disco Travayer at the SMB Exhibition Hall that night.

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