The 12th annual Donate Blood with the Rector challenge will take place from 13–17 February at the Transfusion Department, of University Hospital Olomouc. First-time blood or blood plasma donors are especially welcome. Just register by 7 February at firstname.lastname@example.org. “Together with potential donors, we will select a suitable date for them and answer any questions they may have. All donors registered in this way can then also look forward to a small gift from the university and University Hospital,” said Ondřej Martínek, coordinator of the event. The event is traditionally part of the UP Academic Week, when the university commemorates its re-establishment in 1946.
The blood and plasma drive will be launched on Monday, 13 February at 7:45 a.m. at the Transfusion Department of University Hospital Olomouc with the participation of Rector Martin Procházka, Vice-Rector Vít Procházka, and President of the Czech Red Cross Marek Jukl. At the same time, the long-term competition “Roll up your sleeve” will be symbolically launched. The aim of the competition is to encourage inter-faculty competition in the total amount of blood donated.
In 2021, University Hospital Olomouc registered 1,000 “university” blood donations, nearly 70 more than in 2020. Since 2014, when donations of UP students and staff were first counted, there have been 5,533 donations in total, which corresponds to a volume of more than 2,700 litres of blood and blood plasma.
Donate Blood with the Rector is organised by Palacký University Olomouc in cooperation with the University Hospital Olomouc, the hospital’s Transfusion Department, and the 470 ml initiative.
Join the third year of the competition of Palacký University Olomouc faculties in free blood donation, or Roll Up Your Sleeves! You can donate blood or blood plasma in any donation point, throughout the Czech Republic, from 13 February to 3 May 2023 in order to support a good cause and the competitive spirit among UP faculties. The competition will measure the total volume of blood donated by students and employees of each individual faculty, and the percentage of donors among students. Joining the competition couldn’t be easier: just fill in the form, receive a stamp at the selected donation point after your blood donation, and then place the form into one of the collection boxes placed at all faculties or directly at the Transfusion Department. The battle of the faculties will last the entire summer semester, starting during the week-long Donate Blood with the Rector challenge on 13 February and ending with the announcement of the competition results during the Olomouc Majáles student festival on 3 May.
Why donate blood?
First, donating blood or blood plasma is a priceless feeling; and second, university students and staff ought to set an example for the world!
Who is eligible to donate?
All information on whether you are a suitable donor can be found here. Please read the terms and conditions properly to avoid any unnecessary visits to the hospital, with regard to both smooth proceedings of the event and the current epidemic situation.
The competition of faculties is organised by the UP FHS Student Association in cooperation with the UP Communications Office and the Transfusion Department, University Hospital Olomouc. All information about the rules of the contest, including a printable application form, can be found on the Facebook page Battle of the Faculties (in Czech).