It’s a huge responsibility being a teacher – getting students through the curriculum to pass their exams and not to mention inculcating them with a sense of respect and responsibility.
As you can imagine, we were thrilled when a group of student teachers from the National Institute of Education (NIE) approached us about doing a donor drive on their beautiful campus out at Nanyang Technological University. What’s more, their concept went beyond just reaching their peers on campus today and included the development of learning materials they could then cascade to their JC and Secondary students once they start on their new teaching careers.
After weeks of planning, many hours of video and communications design and production, the one-day “Bone Marrow Awareness Drive 2013 @ NIE” was an action-packed success. With bright orange balloons tied around the campus and orange “footprints” leading the way throughout the campus to the sign-up booths, nobody missed out on our message and in the final count almost 400 new donors were recruited.
According to Ashik, one of the iComsLeads organizing team, “This collaboration with the BMDP offers huge potential impact as we all leave here to take up our teaching posts in schools and Junior Colleges. It is very exciting to have been involved with something that can further evolve to really drive such positive change”
With younger donors preferred by the transplant teams, the education sector is very critical to the success of Match For Life. From experience over recent months, students take time to research about the implications of being a donor before they really make a commitment and more importantly, they are willing to “go beyond” themselves and do something for others.