As a student campus leader, a great activity to unite a group of students and create awareness on campus is to hold (or see if a student is interested in holding) a bone marrow drive! There are many leukemia patients who are searching for the bone marrow match, and college students all over the U.S. are joining the fight against cancer by holding drives of their own. The process takes a little planning, some teamwork, and is perfect for a community service event.
DKMS, the largest bone marrow donor center in the world, is looking for college undergraduates to hold fun, meaningful drives (which only last a few hours) in order to register as many people as possible to become a bone marrow donor. The process is just taking a simple check swab! Become a leader, make a difference and help broaden awareness about done marrow registration with DKMS and recruit 100,000 new bone marrow donors. Your efforts of recruiting donors will lead to lives being saved.
What role would you play?
•Create awareness and educate the university community about the importance of bone marrow donation and it’s relevance to saving the lives of those suffering from leukemia
• Organize and host a large bone marrow donor drive to “Get Swabbed” on your campus
• Utilize social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, blogs etc. to market the event and maximize donor registration
• After the drive, analyze what communication methods were the most effective in signing up donors
Holding a drive is an unparalleled opportunity to work directly with a highly successful non-profit, learn how to get people engaged in social good, and save lives – all while gaining leadership and social entrepreneurial skills along the way with a core group of your students!
More info about DKMS and college drives can be found via the link that follows. Get involved.