Hannah Bissiw, Ashie Moore Others Feature……
By Gifty Arthur
Managers of TV3, were last Saturday overwhelmed by the total number of donors who turned up to take part in their campaign ‘Save A Life Project’, a blood donation exercise, held in Accra.
The much publicized exercise, which was tailored to attract celebrities across the entertainment divide had politicians also participating.
As early as 8am, people from both far and near thronged the forecourt of the station at Kanda, where in association with hospital officials from the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH), the 37 Military and Tema General Hospitals, had gathered and set-up to collect blood to supply to these major hospitals including, smaller ones across the country.
Donors, who were mainly the youth, speaking to The Herald expressed excitement to participate in the projects to save lives.
A 40 year old Victor Mensah, explained to this paper that Saturday’s donation was his third adding, he does it periodically because of his wife who may need it in future.
Two Members of Parliament (MP), representing the people of Adenta in the Greater Accra Region and Tano South in the Brong Ahafo Region, Emmanuel Ashie Moore and Dr Hannah Bissiw, in a chat with this reporter said that they took the initiative to be part of the project to first help save lives by donating blood and also to serve as examples to the public on the need to support one another.
Though Dr Bissiw, unlike Hon. Ashie Moore, was unable to donate because of health reasons, the Deputy Minister for Food and Agriculture, promised to donate next year, when doctors say she will be fully fit for the exercise.
According to the Brands Manager for TV3 Felix Dontoh, the project which is an annual exercise is part of the station’s corporate social responsibility (CSR), adding that due to the big short fall at the nation’s premier hospital Korle Bu, they are likely to organize some other more within this year and if possible replicate in other regions
“We will continue doing it. We want to do it not only once a year, our focus is now if we can do it more than once a year, we will start that and also link up with other regions if there is the need to do that”, he said.
Mr. Dontoh, was grateful to all who spent time to participate in the project and expressed gratitude to the various sponsors who joined them to provide goodies and other services to participants.
Blood collected was sent to the Korle-Bu Blood Bank, where according to earlier reports, everyday has a short fall of fifty percent (50%), from where some other hospitals like Tema General and 37 Military others will benefit from.
Some celebrities such as talented actress cum TV presenter, A K Abebrese, host of popular television show “Who Wants To Be Rich” fame Kafui Dey, Ghanaian and Nigerian actress, Christabel Ekeh, past winners of Ghana’s Most Beautiful (GMB), other beauty queens, and many others were there to donate to support the project, as well as performances from great musicians.