Are you looking for a way to get involved and help support a good cause? Well,the University Wellness Program can help… with not one but TWO opportunities!
The first is by coming out to the RAC tomorrow, Wednesday April 2nd between 10am and 4pm and donating blood. We are partnering up with the American Red Cross and hosting a blood drive. Now, I know a lot of people hear ‘blood drive’ and get really queasy or freak out about needles, but if you can get past those parts and think of all the good you’ll be doing and the lives you can potentially be saving you might feel better about it all! Take a look at some of the benefits to being a blood donor and if you’re a little unsure about the process maybe these will help change your mind:
- Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood
- More than 41,000 blood donations are needed every day
- The average red blood cell transfusion is around 3 pints
- The most often requested blood type by hospitals is Type O
- A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood
- More than 1.6 million people were diagnosed with cancer last year and many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment
- Less than 10% of the estimated 38% of the American population that is eligible to donate blood does
- Blood cannot be manufactured, it can ONLY come from generous donors
- If you began donating blood at age 17 and donated every 56 days until you reached 76, you would have donated 48 GALLONS of blood, potentially helping save more than 1,000 lives!
- One donation can help save the lives of up to THREE people
And make sure to remember that money ISN’T everything, you can help save up to three lives without spending a cent!
The second way the University Wellness Program can help you get involved in a good cause is by signing up to participate in the 2nd annual ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ event. ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ events are put on throughout the U.S. all year long to help bring awareness to and fight against gender and sexualized violence. To learn more about the national event organization you can check out their website.
‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ gets male community members to come out and walk in red high heels and make a stand against rape and other acts of sexualized violence. Did you know that in America someone is raped every two minutes? Or that one in every six women are victims of sexual assault? Meaning that most likely someone you know, your mother, sister, aunt, or friend, has been or might become a victim of sexual violence. If any of these statistics make you mad or hit home, then sign up and bare the red heels to help put a stop to it all! This year the event is taking place next Thursday, April 10th at the Georgia Southern University Rotunda. Registration will be open staring at 3:30pm and the walk will start at 5pm.