Annual Meeting Blood Drive to Benefit Kenyan Clinic
Those attending the 2008 annual meeting of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma Nov. 10-11 at the Church at BattleCreek in Broken Arrow have the opportunity to literally save a life halfway around the world by donating a pint of blood through a special blood drive.
Blood donors during the drive will have the opportunity to benefit the 83 percent of the world’s population who live in underdeveloped countries and have access to only 38 percent of the world’s blood supply, said Bob Mayfield, Sunday School/adult discipleship specialist for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. Mayfield was instrumental in establishing the Global Blood Fund (GBF), a non-profit organization founded by the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI).
The GBF was launched when its first drive was held April 16 at the Baptist Building in Oklahoma City. At that time, BGCO employees donated blood to help purchase equipment for a clinic in Kenya.
“Those attending the state convention also will have an opportunity to donate a unit of blood,” Mayfield stressed. “That unit of blood will stay in Oklahoma to save lives in our state. However, instead of receiving an OBI T-shirt as a “thank you” for their donation, the OBI will contribute the cost of the T-shirt to the GBF. This organization is purchasing much needed equipment for blood clinics in third-world countries. The first clinic is in Kenya and is run by Joseph Wang’endo, executive director of the Bloodlink Foundation in Nairobi and a member of the Nairobi Baptist Church. The cost to equip this clinic is $38,000. Many more clinics are planned after this one is furbished.”
The basic necessities needed at the clinic in Kenya are portable donor beds, digital blood pressure machines, hemocue HB digital machines which accurately measure blood donor hemoglobin (iron) levels, digital weight scales, laptop computers for field use and recruitment, a projector for donor recruitment and folding chairs and desks.
The annual meeting blood drive will be held in Room S5 from 1-4 p.m., Monday, Nov. 10 and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 11.
“One of the big keys for Oklahoma Baptists in the GBF is for us to follow Christ as He shared in Matthew 25:35-40, ‘. . .Truly I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these My brothers, you did it to Me,’ Mayfield said. “Many people in Oklahoma know what we are against. The Global Blood Fund is a way for us to not only save lives in third-world countries, but also to show Oklahomans that we are for life!”
For more information about the GBF, visit www.globalbloodfund.com.