Sir Frank Worrell Blood Donor Registration Drive at UWI Open Campus Dominica

Roseau, Dominica –The University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus Dominica has teamed up with the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) Medical Lab and Dominica Red Cross Club 25 to host the Sir Frank Worrell Blood Drive on Friday, September 14, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the UWI Open Campus Dominica Site.

At the Blood Donor Registration Drive, personnel from the Medical Lab will be screening potential blood donors.

This is in an effort to increase the institution’s list of people who can be relied on to donate blood when the occasion arises.

All members of the public who are not registered blood donors are asked to come to the Open Campus Site to register.

Fifty years ago, Sir Frank Worrell, demonstrated his heroism when he, the first Black captain of the West Indies cricket team, stepped forward as the first cricketer to donate blood to the then Indian captain, Mr. Nari Contractor who had been critically injured during his team’s practice match in Barbados ahead of their West Indies tour.

Sir Frank was deeply involved with The UWI.

He served as warden of Irvine Hall at UWI Mona from 1963 to 1965. In 1965, he served as Dean of Students and Director of Sport at UWI St. Augustine.

Since his passing in 1967, the University has kept his memory alive through the Frank Worrell Oval at UWI Mona, the Frank Worrell Cricket Field at UWI St. Augustine and the Sir Frank Worrell Residence Hall at UWI Cave Hill.

In 2007, the Sir Frank Worrell Committee encouraged UWI Mona to rename its annual blood drive after the Caribbean hero, and in 2009, UWI St. Augustine followed suit.

Dominica’s participation in the Sir Frank Worrell Blood Donor Registration Drive this year marks the third time that the UWI Open Campus has hosted the event.

Last year’s event was organized by UWI Open Campus St Kitts and in 2009, it was hosted by UWI Open Campus Antigua.

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