Basketball partners with blood drive to help save lives

The Basketball Federation of Papua New Guinea (BFPNG) teamed up with the Port Moresby General Hospitals’ Sir Brian Bell Foundation (SBBF) Youth Blood Drive, giving the opportunity for people to donate blood at the Twilight basketball session this week.

Along with the usual on-court basketball action at the Taurama Aquatic & Indoor Centre, the Blood Drive set up four beds, collecting blood from 5pm to 9pm.

BFPNG Chief Executive Officer, Joel Khalu said that Twilight Basketball provided the perfect platform to help promote the Youth Blood Drive initiative.

“We've had more than 300 people attend each Twilight Basketball session over the last month and that’s a great crowd for us to promote healthy lifestyle messages to.

“The Blood Drive event is about more than just giving blood. It is about bringing awareness regarding the importance of maintaining healthy life habits.”

“That message aligns perfectly with what we already endorse through our Hoops for Health program, so it makes sense for us to partner with Port Moresby General Hospital and the SBBF Youth Blood Drive initiative,” said Khalu.

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Troy Taule