CPP Organizes Valentine Day Blood Donation Campaign
The Convention People’s Party (CPP) may have lost the 2012 December elections in a rather rueful manner, but from all indications the party remains undaunted about its commitment to the well-being of Ghanaians. On Wednesday February 13, 2013, the party organized a Valentine Day Blood Donation Campaign at the Freedom and Justice Park, Kwame Nkrumah Circle, as a show of concern for the recently announced shortage of blood at the country’s various blood banks.
The exercise which started at 10am in the morning attracted a huge array of donors including party bigwigs such as the Chairman, Hon. SamiaYaba Nkrumah, the Communication’s Director, NiiArmahAkomfra, Deputy Communications Director, Ernesto Yeboah, former Youth Organiser, Kwabena ‘Kabila’Bomfeh and a host of others.
In total,about 300 persons donated. According to the organizers, they were overwhelmed by the enthusiastic response of the public towards the exercise. Several people from all walks of life thronged the venue of the programme very early in the morning to donate blood while on their way to work or to school. Others also stayed behind as volunteers to assist the medical team with their work.
The donors were initially taken through some routine medical checks before they allowed to donate. Those with ailments were diagnosed while those with clean bills of health were given the green light to donate accordingly.
Speaking to reporters after her donation, Hon. Samia Nkrumahcongratulated the youth of the party for coming up with such a laudable initiative. She said there was no better way for the party to show its love for Ghanaians than to share the blood of the party’s sympathizers with Ghanaians.
She challenged the other party’s to emulate the example of the CPP instead of living of the largesse of state. In another interview, NiiAkomfra described the programme as the first of its kind and added that the party intends to make it an annual affair.
Expressing satisfaction with the whole process, Mr.KojoAdade, 43, who resides at Dome-Kwabenya said he had come all the way from his house to donate blood not because he is a member of the CPP but because he felt touched when he heard the announcement.
Screaming on top of his voice, he blurted out, “this morning I didn’t want to stay at home and listen to the radio because all you hear is noise. There are no solutions for our problems. People only come and shout and take money and go. So when I heard of the announcement, I said let me come and give the little I have to my fellow Ghanaians.”
Another donor, GiftyAmaOsei-Tawiah, a 24 year old sachet water seller was full of praises for the party. She recounted how difficult it was for an aunt of hers to get blood transfusion late last year when she was hospitalized at Korle Bu. She said, “I’m very impressed with what the CPP is doing. At first I usedto think the party was not serious but this programme has demonstrated to me that they truly care about Ghanaians. I don’t know if any other party has done such as thing in the past.”
The organizers also expressed their joy about the success of the programme and said that they would surely make it an annual affair. Mr. Ernesto Yeboah noted that Valentine Day is a day for love and so “instead of young people dissipating their energies on erotic pleasures, an exercise like this serves as a more worthy cause.”