Nearly 50 Victoria University staff and students gave the precious gift of life on Monday when nursing laboratories at the St Albans Campus were transformed into a donor site for the Australian Red Cross Blood Service.
The project was initiated from Victoria University staff requests, and is timely. The Red Cross has issued an urgent call for people to give blood to shore up depleting stocks ahead of the Easter long weekend when it expects a rapid spike in demand.
In a University-first, the modern labs at the School of Nursing and Midwifery were set up for blood donations so that staff, students and on-site contractors had the opportunity to donate.
Nichole Orwin, the School's Technical Manager said there were a number of hurdles involved before the University could be approved as a donor site.
"Blood donating can be a time-consuming and arduous process, but it's vitally important and we wanted to make it as easy as possible for the VU community," she said.
Thanks to the School's state-of-the-art facilities and ample space, there was no need for an initial plan to transport staff and students off-campus to the closest donor site.
"The aim of this project was to allow donors at Victoria University, who may have never spoken to each other, to meet while donating, or having a cuppa afterwards, under the common theme of blood-donating," she said.
The project was so successful that the School is planning its next on-campus blood drive on 17 October, 2011.
Nichole Orwin, Technical Manager,
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Ph: (03) 9919-2061
Ann Marie Angebrandt, Communications Officer,
Marketing and Communications Department,
Ph: (03) 9919 5487 or Mobile: 0403 556 001.