11th year of the campaign to promote blood donations
Support blood donation and join the event Donate Blood with Rector! The eleventh year of this campaign aims to promote free blood donation, especially potential first-time donors among students and employees of Palacký University Olomouc. The event will take place during the UP Academic Week from 14 to 18 February at the Transfusion Department of University Hospital Olomouc. Participants need to register. UP Rector Martin Procházka and the President of the Czech Red Cross, Marek Jukl, will symbolically launch the campaign by donating their blood on Monday morning.
Rector Procházka highlights how important it is to promote blood donations and motivate healthy people to show solidarity with the sick. “The university can have a positive influence on its students and employees in this respect, so I am glad that we are continuing this tradition. As a physician and obstetrician, I know very well just how vital donor blood is in treatment and saving lives; there is never enough of it, so every unit of academic blood counts. I am so proud of all the donors from our university, and I believe that this year’s donation campaign will be successful again,” said Procházka.
“Every UP student and employee who decides to donate blood at the Transfusion Department of University Hospital Olomouc from 14–18 February will receive a small gift package from UPoint and University Hospital Olomouc upon showing their ISIC or UP employee card. First-time donors are especially welcome,” explains the coordinator of the initiative, Ondřej Martínek from the UP Communications Department. Regular as well as first-time donors can register until 7 February at firstname.lastname@example.org. A specific date will be arranged for them, and any inquiries concerning blood and plasma donation will be answered.
In 2021, University Hospital Olomouc registered 1,000 “academic” blood donations, almost 70 more than in 2020. Since 2014, when they started tracking blood donations from UP, there have been 5,533 donations in total, which corresponds to a volume of more than 2,700 litres of blood and blood plasma.
Information for donors: daruj.upol.cz/en/