A group of youths from Kisumu have embarked on a 720 km walk from the lakeside city to Mombasa to create awareness on blood donation.
Under the umbrella of the pledge the group targets to enroll 100,000 voluntary donors to help replenish blood banks across the country.
The umbrella head Ms. Jane Wairimu said the group will walk through Majengo, Kaimosi, Kapsabet to Nakuru town from where they shall divert to Nyeri, Embu, Machakos to Mombasa before returning to Machakos for World Blood Donor Day celebrations on June 14.
The group shall be joined by 20 others to complete the noble course dubbed county 48-united by blood aims to sensitise Kenyans on the importance of donating blood.
We are urging youth aged 18-65 years who weigh 50kgs and above to turn up in large numbers and donate blood regularly to ensure that we have enough blood in the country, she said.
Kisumu Regional Blood Transfusion Center head Elizabeth Odhiambo said the initiative will go a long way to boost blood stocks in the country.
Odhiambo said the centers mainly relied on students who are the leading donors leading to a shortage when the schools close for holidays.
Speaking after flagging off the walk, Kondele Member of County Assembly Joachim Okech lauded the initiative calling on Kenyans especially the youth to donate regularly.
Kisumu and especially Kondele, he said has lost so many lives especially during the electioneering period due to lack of blood.
The post election violence of 2007 and last year’s unrest following the disputed presidential elections has put Kisumu as a high risk area.
Last year we had a crisis since so many people were shot, others lost so much blood during the protest and this center here could not meet the demand, he said.
The MCA pledged to support the initiative by enrolling as one of the donors before the end of the walk.
Pledge 25 is an association for young volunteer non-remuneration blood donors which promotes blood donation, positive and risk free lifestyles.
Members of the club commit to make a pledge to donate blood regularly at least 25 times in their lifetimes.
Source: Kenya News Agency