Television personality Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa will tomorrow launch a foundation aimed at mobilising people towards blood donations.
The event takes place at Maestro Lounge Restaurant.
BY ENTERTAINMENT REPORTER
Parirenyatwa said under The ZimboLove Foundation, Zimbabweans and “friends of Zimbabwe” would find small ways to make big changes to lives by donating towards saving lives.
“The ZimboLove Foundation will be rolling out many different charitable campaigns,” Parirenyatwa said. “The first drive is that of addressing the high cost and lack of blood in Zimbabwe. This also includes raising awareness on the importance of blood donation in the country.”
A pint of blood costs around $150 in public institutions and on average, a patient needs two pints of blood at a time.
Parirenyatwa said many patients die due to blood loss, because they cannot afford to buy blood.
“There is a justification for the price of blood, but it does not change the fact that the average Zimbabwean cannot afford three pints of blood to save their relative who got injured in a road traffic accident, or a cancer patient, a haemophiliac, someone living with HIV or a mother in labour,” she said.
“For this reason, ZimboLove hopes to make blood more affordable and accessible to everyone who needs it.”
Health and Child Care minister David Parirenyatwa will be the guest of honour at the launch.