Join the 11th year of Donate Blood with the Rector

Support blood donation and join the event Donate Blood with Rector! The eleventh year of this campaign aims to promote free blood donation, especially potential first-time donors among students and employees of Palacký University Olomouc. The event will take place during the UP Academic Week from 14 to 18 February at the Transfusion Department of University Hospital Olomouc. Participants need to register. The campaign will be launched on Monday, 14 February at 7:50 am at the Transfusion Department of the Olomouc University Hospital with the participation of the Rector Martin Procházka, the Vice-Rector Vít Procházka and the President of the Czech Red Cross Marek Jukl.

Rector Procházka highlights how important it is to promote blood donations and motivate healthy people to show solidarity with the sick. “The university can have a positive influence on its students and employees in this respect, so I am glad that we are continuing this tradition. As a physician and obstetrician, I know very well just how vital donor blood is in treatment and saving lives; there is never enough of it, so every unit of academic blood counts. I am so proud of all the donors from our university, and I believe that this year’s donation campaign will be successful again,” said Procházka.

“Every UP student and employee who decides to donate blood at the Transfusion Department of University Hospital Olomouc from 14–18 February will receive a small gift package from UPoint and University Hospital Olomouc upon showing their ISIC or UP employee card. First-time donors are especially welcome,” explains the coordinator of the initiative, Ondřej Martínek from the UP Communications Department. Regular as well as first-time donors can register until 7 February at A specific date will be arranged for them, and any inquiries concerning blood and plasma donation will be answered.

In 2021, University Hospital Olomouc registered 1,000 “academic” blood donations, almost 70 more than in 2020. Since 2014, when they started tracking blood donations from UP, 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 co-organised with the Transfusion Department of University Hospital Olomouc and the 470 ml (Pint of Blood) initiative.

Roll up your sleeves! The faculty blood donation contest is on!

Take part in the second annual Roll up your sleeves! contest in blood donation. Come and donate blood or blood plasma at any blood donation point in the country from 20 October to 21 February and support a good cause and inter-faculty competitive spirit. The contest is mainly about the total volume of blood donated by students and employees of individual faculties and the percentage of donors among students. It is easy to join. After donating blood, you fill in a form, have it validated at the selected blood collection point and then drop it into the collection box. The contest of the faculties will last the entire winter semester, culminating during the traditional Donate Blood with the Rector event, which is an integral part of the UP Academic Days in February.

Why should you donate blood?

Volunteering to donate your blood or blood plasma is a priceless feeling, and because we believe that university students and employees should lead. Since we are facing much more difficult conditions this year and the semester will begin on-line, we are calling for voluntary blood donations not only in Olomouc – but also at all transfusion departments in the country!

Who can donate blood?

All information on whether you are an eligible donor can be found here. Please read all the conditions before going to the University Hospital so that your visit will not be in vain. It happens every year to dozens of donors.

The Faculty Contest in Blood Donation is organized by the Student Association of the UP Faculty of Physical Education in cooperation with the UP Communications Office and the Transfusion Department of the University Hospital Olomouc.

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