Friday, March 23, 2007

Frank Worrell Commemorative Blood Drive

The University of the West Indies, Mona annual March Blood Drive has
been renamed The Frank Worrell Commemorative Blood Drive in honour of
legendary cricketer and former West Indian Cricket Captain, Sir Frank
Worrell and to commemorate the 40th anniversary of his death. The Blood
Drive takes place on Tuesday, March 27 and Wednesday, March 28 from 9
am to 6 pm in the Assembly Hall, UWI, Mona under the theme, 'It's a
Habit for Life!'

The Blood Drive has been renamed to honour Sir Frank Worrell for being
the first donor to Nari Contractor, former Indian skipper, who during
the 1962 Indian tour of the West Indies received an injury resulting in
him needing several blood transfusions and two emergency surgeries to
save his life. A blood drive is held annually in Calcutta, India in
memory of Sir Frank Worrell's blood donation to the Indian skipper.

The Frank Worrell Commemorative Blood Drive is a collaborative effort
involving the University Health Centre, the National Blood Transfusion
Bank Service, and a group of final year Social Marketing students from
The Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) under the
name IMPACT.

The University Health Centre hosts its annual Blood Drive aimed at
promoting voluntary blood donation among the UWI community. Three
Drives are usually planned over one calendar year. The drive is geared
towards not only the University population but people who live and work
in the vicinity of the University. UWI students and staff are
encouraged to make a special effort to donate blood during the drive.

The life you save may be your own.

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