We Bleed Maroon
Welcome to our campaign to encourage students to donate blood and to develop a habit of donating throughout their lives.
The campaign was inspired by the motto of Strathclyde’s Sports’ Union, We Bleed Maroon !
Encouraging students to donate blood is part of our Healthy Body Healthy Mind work to promote positive wellbeing, with this particular campaign focusing on the boost that people can get by performing small but significant acts of kindness that that will have a big impact on other peoples’ lives.
Calvin Hepburn, Vice President Sports & Wellbeing, who is leading the campaign had this to say,
“We wanted to run a campaign this year that would show people how easy it is to have a positive impact on a total stranger’s life. Giving blood doesn’t take much time at all but has a huge impact on a patient in need. People can give blood up to four times per year, so we also want our campaign to create regular blood donors who will continue donation for the rest of their lives. Glasgow is lucky to have permanent blood donation centre at the heart of the city and it is only a short walk from our campus; I want to encourage as many Strathclyde students and staff to join our campaign and donate blood."
The Union has been working with ScotBlood to co-ordinate the campaign and staff from Scotblood will be available within The Union on Friday 28th and Monday 31st October if you have an questions or queries about blood donation and how you can get more invovled.
With a donation centre only a short walk away you can sign up online for any time that suits you during the week through the ScotBlood website. If you aren't sure if you can give blood there is a helpful and quick quiz online along with information about some of the reasons people may not be able to donate. These can include if you've recently had a tattoo or piercing, health issues, medication and where you;ve been abroad in the last year or so.
As part of this campaign we want as many people as possible to donate blood but we also recognise that there are people who are prevented from donating blood due to their sexuality and sexual activity. As part of We Bleed Maroon we are also encouraging students learn more about and support the LGBT+ campaign to ask the blood service change their stance on blood donations from gay and bisexual men. To find out more and show your support please check out our We Can All Bleed Maroon pages.