|Zetech College Donates Tents to HWWK|
“Celebrating a Successful Partnership”
A friendship between Zetech College and HOPE worldwide Kenya (HWWK) that was hatched on Nairobi’s Biashara Street during a Blood Drive in early 2011 was strengthened through an in- kind donation of two 100-seater branded tents worth KES 120,000. This would facilitate blood donation sessions as part of Zetech’s Corporate Social Responsibility Program.
It all began with Zetech’s interest in HWWK’s Blood Safety Program. Zetech bumped into a HWWK blood drive along Biashara Street within the Nairobi Central Business District (NCBD) in July 2011. A series of meetings ensued related to supporting blood donation activities.
During one of the meetings, a one day mobile blood donor drive was organized with the aim of reaching all the college’s branches with blood donation information. This information included blood safety education, recruitment of potential blood donors, and supporting blood donor mobilization activities.
The eventful day, fully funded by Zetech, dawned on 12th October 2011 at the Nairobi Memorial Bomb Blast Site and was graced by the institution’s chairman, the management, and the entire staff. The student leaders, using the skills they had earlier acquired from HWWK, mobilized and persuaded all students to donate blood. A total of 81 pints of blood were donated that day.
The tents were officially donated in a colorful ceremony held on 16th December 2011. Present at the event was the Kenya National Blood Transfusion Services Director Dr. Njau Mungai, Zetech Principal, Professor Edwin Amukoya, HOPE worldwide Kenya Technical Advisor of Programs, Mr. Julius Nguku, and Blood Safety Program Manager, Ms. Fridah Mcharo.
“We need 250,000 units of blood every year and yet this year we only collected 130,000 units. We need more Kenyans to join in and donate,” said Dr. Njau Mungai at the event. He commended Zetech College for their support.
Zetech Principal Professor Edwin Amukoya cuts the ribbon across the donated tents amidst cheers from HWWK staff and other stakeholders
The two tents will facilitate mobile blood drives within Nairobi Central Business District. The cost of hiring two tents per session daily for one month totals to an average of KES 200,000. This in-kind donation is a huge boost to the Blood Safety Program.
HWWK Blood Safety Program Manager, Ms. Fridah Mcharo expressed her team’s gratitude to Zetech saying that the initiative to support the program was remarkable and timely. She called upon other private bodies to join hands with the Blood Safety Team and support the noble cause of saving lives.