Close to 50 youths from Bungoma turned up on Sunday 14th June, 2020 to donate blood, in memory of their departed founder Griffins Walubokho who died of sickle cell anaemia in January this year.
The initiative, which was in tandem with the World Blood Donor Day, was conducted by the Bungoma Youth Connect with the blood donations held at Bungoma Teaching and Referral Hospital.
Speaking to Wakajuaness on Sunday, the Bungoma Youth Connect Chairman in charge of Logistics Mr. Joel Omondi thanked the members for living up to Griffin’s dream.
“As part of the legacy to emulate our departed heroe, I wish to request the members of the society to take up the challenge and give back to the society,” said Omondi during the exercise.
Patrick Sande, the Treasurer to Griffins’ Jeshi Groups, also added his voice to champion for blood donation.
“In line with his dream, we came up as the youth groups to drive this initiative,” he said.
The late Wabukholo, then 27, reportedly succumbed to sickle cell anaemia on January 29th. Before his death, Griffins, who was well cherished by his youth team, championed for voluntary blood donations.
The 14th of June of every year, is dedicated worldwide as the day to celebrate and create awareness about the noble, life-saving activity that is blood donation.
To mark the day, the Bungoma Blood Satellite Team held a blood drive at the Bungoma Teaching and Referral Hospital’s parking lot in collaboration with Bungoma Youth Connect, Crown Youth Group, Adventure Youth Group, ACK Youth, JESHI and friends of Griffins.
Persons of good health between the age of 16 – 65 years are allowed to donate blood.