The Kenya Flower Council partnered with the BloodLink Foundation by providing red roses in line with the Valentine theme during the launch of a mobile blood unit and a Valentine themed blood donation drive held at KICC on the 14th February 2014. The flowers were donated by the KFC members namely Harvest Limited, Red Lands Roses, Windsor Flowers, Magana Flowers, Nini Limited, Kariki farm, Wildfire Flowers and Waridi Limited who graciously supported the initiative.
The event was graced by HE, Mrs. Margaret Kenyatta, first lady of the republic of Kenya who was the Chief guest of honor. The first lady said the mobile blood unit will reach many willing donors in the country adding that Kenyan should support the initiative by way of donating blood to sustain the blood banks.
One of the contributing factors to frequent blood shortages in Kenya is lack of convenient and accessible facilities where willing donors can walk into and easily donate blood. The facilities are limited to the blood banks which are few (6 countrywide) and the hospitals. Tents are sometimes used, but they do not provide the necessary privacy and standards that are ideal for such procedures.
During the Westgate tragedy Bloodlink Foundation embarked on a campaign to raise funds for a mobile blood unit (custom made bus with donation beds). The campaign was able to raise about Kshs 7 Million which was sufficient to procure one such unit.
The Blood donation exercises in the bus will be held on the 14th and 15th of February 2014 at KICC. Kenyans have been encouraged to share their love this valentine’s period by giving a gift of blood as they receive a rose flower.