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Voice of AUK's Blood Drive

The Voice of AUK, AUK's official student newspaper, held its 7th Annual Blood Drive this year. The Kuwait Central Blood Bank set up a location on campus from 10am to 5pm in the Multipurpose Room, where all members of the AUK community we presented with an opportunity to donate blood.

Prior to the event, The Voice of AUK provided a registration booth for two days, in the Liberal Arts building, to encourage members of the AUK community to pre-register to donate blood. Useful information about the donation process was distributed at the booth, such as criteria, tips for a successful donation, and answers to frequently asked. As always, the Kuwait Central Blood Bank was invited to carry out the donations and provided a specialized team of doctors and nurses to ensure a smooth process.

On the day of the Blood Drive, the Multi-purpose room was divided into several areas; a registration booth, where potential donors are required to complete a questionnaire and get registered into the system; a mini-physical test area, where blood tests were conducted by the Blood Bank staff to certify whether an individual's blood is at the right hemoglobin level and thus determining final eligibility as well as their blood pressure levels; and the actual blood donation area. A segregated area for donating blood was made available to provide those who asked for privacy feel comfortable. Additionally, refreshments were available to donors to help revitalize themselves after the donation was complete, as some may experience drowsiness afterwards. Copies of the latest issue of the Voice of AUK issue were available for the donors to read while they were donating.

The idea of holding a blood drive was originally conceived 7 years ago by the AUK alumna, Dina El Zohairy, to raise awareness among the community about the importance of donating blood to help make it readily available for cancer, trauma and post-surgical patients, wherever blood was needed.

The Voice of AUK board members found the blood donation drive an excellent opportunity to recruit students as Voice members, particularly writers, and to increase the organization's visibility on-campus and promote readership.

The Voice of AUK is the university's official student newspaper, operated exclusively by a student board in consultation with an AUK staff advisor. Issues are produced monthly and contain diverse sections such as News, Arts, Health & Science, Opinions/Editorials, and an Arabic Corner.

Images from the Event

Released by the Office of Public Affairs on the 20th June 2013

Photography by the Office of Public Affairs (C) 2013

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