Student org holds blood drive at UA&P

Student org holds blood drive at UA&P

by Mary Gleefer Jalea on March 4, 2015 - 2:24 pm

In response to Pope Francis’ message of compassion for the poor, UA&P student organization CATALYST has made efforts to rise to the challenge and focus its attention on┬áthose which society usually ignores. Partnering with the Makati branch of the Philippine Red Cross, the organization held its first ever blood drive at the University last February 21.

About 40 students, faculty and staff were able to successfully secure their blood donations amounting to approximately Php200thousand. Through the project, entitled “Straight from the Heart,” CATALYST aimed to show that anyone can make meaningful contributions to society in their own little ways, as long as they put their heart into it.

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A student undergoes the blood extraction process.

“I’ve always wanted to experience what it’s like to donate blood. In fact, it’s included in my bucket list. Thanks to CATALYST of UA&P and the Philippine Red Cross, I was given the opportunity to do so,” said fifth year Industrial Economics student Francis Galeon, CATALYST’s former executive vice president.

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University Guidance Counselor James Lactao goes through screening before donation.

“Truly, it was a rewarding and fulfilling experience, especially when you know that the 450 mL bag of your own blood may actually change and save another person’s life,” he added. “It’s literally giving a part of yourself to another person. ”

The donors went through rigorous screening and physical examination to ensure the quality and integrity of the blood to be collected. Around 30 students volunteered in managing the whole-day event.

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Volunteers from CATALYST and the Philippine Red Cross.

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