John Talach High School in Matabeleland North Province has landed the top spot in the 2015 NetOne-sponsored annual National Blood Service Zimbabwe (NBSZ) competition for being the best school in donating blood.
BY MELODY CHIMHAU
The NBSZ receives 70% of its blood supplies from schoolchildren.
The competition has been running since 2007 under the auspices of government-owned NetOne.
Speaking at the handover of the award, NetOne head of sales, Prosper Muvengwa, said John Tallach School had won the award twice this year.
“Taking into cognisance the fact that 70% of blood donors are school going children, NetOne came to support this sector in a bid to encourage more of them to donate this precious life saver,” he said.
NetOne has been consistent in assisting schools to donate blood in a much more significant way.
“As NetOne, we urge each one of us here never to sit on the fence when it comes to donating blood,” he said.
“We are of the view everyone must be part of this programme and play a pivotal role in saving people’s lives.”
NBSZ spokesperson Sifundo Ngwenya said the school had more than 300 students who were regular donors including members of staff that remained loyal and supportive.
“This competition was meant to actively involve schools to help replenish the national blood blank.
“It is not enough to watch citizens being faced by acute blood shortages, but these children are leading by example by giving back to the society,” he said.
Ngwenya said NBSZ had great pride with regard to the involvement of young blood donors and urged them to look after their health so that they can continue donating safe blood.
For their sterling contribution in the province, John Tallach High School was awarded a floating shield, a certificate, two computers, a printer and foodstuffs.