Scientists and Health Scientists in control of University “Bloodshed”

Trophies for the winners.
Photography and graphs: FHS Student Association
Wednesday 24 February 2021, 12:00 – Text: Martin Višňa, Šárka Chovancová

Students of the Faculty of Health Sciences came up with the idea for a competition between Palacký University’s faculties. The competition was about voluntary donation of blood and with the slogan “Roll up your sleeves!”. And now we know the winner. With a total of 199 litres of donated blood, the Faculty of Sciences won first place in the “Volume” category. But when it came to the percentage of students who donated from a given faculty, the Faculty of Health Sciences came in far ahead of all other contestants.  

The competition began on 5 October. It peaked last week, when the traditional event called “Donate Blood with the Rector” took place. To be able to compete, you had to fill in a form and deposit it into a special box right after the donation. Each faculty had its own box, and there was an additional box at the Transfusion Department in University Hospital Olomouc. “A total of 207 students and 27 employees participated, and 101 donated blood for the first time. Twenty-five of those managed to donate twice in the given time,” stated Simona Konečná, a student of Radiology and one of the organisers.

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FIF = FA

FZV = FHS

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PFA = FL

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The trophy for the “volume” category was won by students of the Faculty of Science, who donated almost 23.5 litres of blood. “I am very proud of our students and employees who decided to donate their blood, considering the current situation. For patients, it is immaterial whether it is quarantine or a state of emergency, they still need their treatment. I therefore really appreciate the solidarity of all those who donated, because it can save other people’s lives,” said Faculty of Sciences Dean Martin Kubala.

The results of the “volume” category however were very close. Only two more donations would have been enough for the Faculty of Arts to seize the victory for themselves. The Faculty of Health Sciences finished third in the “volume” category. However, UP’s newest faculty won in the second category: thirty-seven FHS students participated in the competition, which is more than 3.5% of all of the students of the Faculty of Health Sciences. Second place went to the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, from which 1.4% of students participated. Third place in the volume category  went to the Faculty of Science.

 

PŘF = FS

FIF = FA

FZV = FHS

LF = FMD

PDF = FE

FTK = FPC

PFA = FL

CMF = CMFT

The winners of the first and second categories have already received their glass trophies. The organisers meanwhile randomly drew from the participants to choose those lucky individuals who will be rewarded with prizes from the sponsors. “We are very thankful to all donors and organisers. And even though this competition is over, hopefully, students will continue to donate blood. It takes less than fifteen minutes, but the gratitude of those in need of blood is incalculable. After all, your blood can save someone else’s life!” added Konečná.

This competition, organised by the of the Faculty of Health Sciences Student Association, took place during the winter semester. It was supported by the Faculty of Health Sciences in cooperation with the Department of communication of UP and the Transfusion Department of University Hospital Olomouc.

More information, photos, donor messages, and the names of winners can be found here.

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