Sri Lanka is one of the countries with the highest volume of blood donors in the world. The National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS), better known as the National Blood Bank has been awarded international recognition for being the best of its kind in the region. Despite the hard work of the NBTS, blood is in short supply with the Cancer Research Institute in Maharagama needing the most. This is in addition to the number of requests that private and national hospitals make for blood for regular surgeries such as bypass and openheart surgeries.
The Sri Lankan community on Twitter wanting to make a difference in the lives of Sri Lankans through the use of technology, community and networking have decided to channel their energy towards organizing blood donation campaigns to ensure a steady supply of blood available to the general public through the blood bank for surgeries and emergencies in addition to building a strong donor base in the country.
Only one Tweet had to be posted. The response was immense and encouraging. Within a week, #iDonateLK was created, a date was confirmed, the NBTS was informed and each of the Tweeps in the organizing crew had their piece of responsibility.
Awareness of the programme, as what was decided was going to be purely on Twitter through tweets and retweets and pockets of information about blood donation.
Administrators of some of the more popular and engaging accounts were very keen on sending out the message to as many as possible within their networks.
A rough registration process will be carried out for an approximate count. Those on twitter can register via following form.
The camp will be held on Sunday, 6th April 2014 from 8:30am to 4:30pm at the National Blood Bank. It is an open event and you are most welcome to bring anyone with you who could donate and please, retweet!
Compiled by Gayathri Seneviratne.