It was a great accomplishment being able to collaborate with the BMDP on another bone marrow registration drive in NIE. The event exceeded our expectations. It went really well, and it was fulfilling to overhear people remark how easy the process of joining the registry is and encourage their friends to register too. I hope future GESL groups will sustain our efforts and continue building the registry. This is something we can do so much more: We can save a life.- Sarina, Student Leader
Our second collaboration with the National Institute of Education was a great success but of course huge effort was still required to dispel the common misconceptions.
Prior to the event, the student volunteers went around their tutorial classes, the NTU campus and bus stops to educate the student population about the importance of being a bone marrow donor. Their tenacity despite the heat from the sun and all the snubs from people is truly commendable.
As student leader, Sarina, mentioned that “At first I simply didn’t believe that all the misconceptions around bone marrow donation would actually stop people coming forward to sign up as bone marrow donors. But, after chatting with a few friends, I realised that many are haunted by the fear and their own ignorance! They believed all the hearsay that bone marrow donation is painful and it is also taken from the spine. Having the chance to educate my peers, gave me a great sense of empowerment!”
Together with 19 student volunteers, Sarina and her team reached out to hundreds of students and recruited more than 250 donors from NIE and NTU within a day!
Great Job! We look forward to working with you again next year!