By James Peter Nkurunziza
The Christ Embassy Church in Remera has contributed 30 units of blood in a bid to save lives especially for people engaged in fatal accidents.
This happened on Saturday 20th July at the church’s premises.
Francine Gatarayiha, a member of Christ Embassy church and coordinator of the blood donation campaign said that the church has many branches in different parts of the world and all its branches engage in blood donation campaigns.
She said that last year, Christ Embassy Church was ranked worldwide as the organisation that donated most blood all over the globe.
She said that it was the first time the Rwandan branch was carrying out a blood donation campaign, and she hinted on a plan for making it quarterly as there is no other source of blood except through donations.
Sylvie Ufitinema who is in charge of the selection of blood donors in Kigali said that it is such a good gesture from the church to engage in giving back to the society
‘’Blood is one necessity that can’t be manufactured but only gotten from fellow humans and it is the role of Rwandans to donate blood to save their own people. There is no way we can get foreign donations or grants in form of blood,’’ she said.
She also noted that the turnout has been good for a campaign that is happening at the church for the first time and hopes that with the good partnership with the church, the figures are likely to go up and called upon other Rwandans to always engage in such activities of giving back to the communities.
Eloise Rukingamubiri, a member of this church and had come to donate blood said that he is donating for the second time and when he heard about the qualifications for one to donate blood, he found out that he was fit to donate and decided to engage in the exercise.
‘’I advise everyone that qualifies to give what they have been given freely because donating blood is not something difficult or painful but helpful to the society as it saves a lot of lives,’’ he said after the exercise.