Absa Bank Seychelles colleagues participates in first blood drive for 2022 |26 March 2022
Absa Seychelles initiated its first blood drive donation for the year 2022 on Friday March 18, 2022, focused at encouraging its employees and their family members to donate blood for a good cause.
The blood drive took place at the Absa headquarters at Capital City Building in Victoria.
Following the success of Absa Seychelles’ blood drives in 2021, Absa has decided to adopt this initiative as a bi-annual event to support the Ministry of Health and as part of Absa’s ongoing commitment to give back to the community through its colleague engagement initiatives.
Present for the drive were medical staff members from the Ministry of Health who collaborated with Absa bank for this ongoing partnership.
Each donor following a short medical screening is allowed to give up to 450ml of blood per donation, every 4 months.
“I choose to give blood because it allows me to lend a helping hand to those in dire need of blood, and this is occurring every day based on unfortunate circumstances. I am also grateful to Absa for initiating this activity within our headquarters which makes it easier for us to show up without having to leave our other responsibilities,” says Julienne Bamboche, an Absa Seychelles colleague who supports the initiative.
Less than 1% of Seychellois people are active blood donors. A unit of blood only lasts 35 - 42 days after donation and, for this reason, it is important for blood donors to donate regularly. Every unit of blood can save a minimum of four lives as blood is separated into red blood cells, plasma and platelets.
“The Ministry of Health continues to face blood shortages, and this blood contribution is critical for the replenishment of the blood bank. Any blood drive is a lifesaver for patients and I am grateful to my Absa colleagues for their donation,” added Sandra Sabury, health and safety officer at Absa Bank Seychelles.
The drive which started at 8am ran through until the afternoon.
The next drive will be held in the second half of the year.