Campaign “Be a Hero – It’s In Your Blood” Is Back


Student organisation ESN VMU and the Blood Centre of Kaunas Clinics invite you to donate blood in the campaign “Be a Hero – It’s In Your Blood!”, which will be organised for the second time on 10–11 April from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the VMU Building No. 3 (K. Donelaičio g. 52, Room 115).

In the first campaign last year, 42 international and Lithuanian students became donors and their blood saved 120 people’s lives. The strong interest shown by participants in November 2012 encouraged the organizers to hold the campaign this year as well.

Students who wish to become blood donors will have a chance to receive full information about their health and blood from professional doctors. The following characteristics will be analysed: ABO blood group, RhD antigen, Kell antigen system (K), and the amount of haemoglobin in blood. An additional blood test will be carried out, which will determine whether or not the participants have HIV, AIDS, viral hepatitis B, viral hepatitis C or syphilis. The information pertaining the health of participants and obtained during the campaign is confidential. All medical procedures will be performed by professionals of the Blood Centre and meet the standards of work hygiene and ethics.

After donations, all participants will receive hot beverages, snacks, official Blood Centre cups and diplomas. Also, special tours for donors will be organized to the Blood Centre of Kaunas Clinics, LSMU Kaunas Clinics’ Museum of Anatomy and the Museum of Lithuanian Medicine and Pharmacy will be organized.

Important Notes for Donors

  • You must have your identity card (ID) or passport;
  • Your weight has to be more than 50 kg (regardless of height, age, gender, etc.)
  • Before the donation, you must eat and rest well. You should not consume alcohol for several days preceding the donation. You should not donate blood after a white night because you may fall down in a faint.

In November 2012, when the campaign was held for the first time, 42 international and Lithuanian students volunteered to donate blood for free. They did not stay indifferent to the less fortunate ones and showed great initiative by giving blood to the people who really need it. Overall, 120 lives have been saved by this campaign since a single donor’s blood can save the lives of 3 patients. The purpose of this campaign is to promote voluntary blood donation, encourage social responsibility, and unite international students from different universities and colleges in one common goal.

All the procedures performed by professionals of the Blood Centre of Kaunas Clinics meet the EU quality standards pertaining to the collection of human blood and its components as well as its analysis, recycling and storage.

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