Davis & Shirtliff Uganda has urged Ugandans to embrace the culture of donating blood in order to save lives.
The call was made on Friday during the company’s blood donation campaign held at their head offices in Kampala, where at least 50 units of blood were collected.
Hadijah Lunkuse Mayanja, the Head of Marketing at Davis & Shirtliff Uganda revealed that every May, the company engages in Corporate Social Responsibility activities for it was founded in the same month.
The company partnered with Red Cross and Uganda Blood Transfusion Services (UBTS) to urge the public to donate blood.
Themed ‘Donate Blood, Save a Life’, the campaign attracted the company’s staff and members of the public.
“We are giving back to the community because it has supported us for the last 21years. This year we decided to donate blood so as to save lives,” Lunkuse said.
She added: “In the past we have donated solar to orphanages and water to communities.”
She noted that other corporate organisations should engage in donating blood, noting that some people are forced to buy it yet it should be for free.
“People are suffering in hospitals because of limited blood. Corporate organisations should think beyond financial assistance during their Corporate Social Responsibilities,” she said.
Uganda needs about 340,000 units of blood every year as recommended by the World Health Organisation to effectively supply all hospitals in the country.
About Davis & Shirtliff
Launched in Uganda 21 years ago, the Kenya based company deals in a wide range of solar products, irrigation equipment, water pumps, swimming pools, generators and engines, borehole services and water treatment services.