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WeLoveU and Tova Community Health Partner for Worldwide Blood Drive

WeLoveU and Tova Community Health Partner for Worldwide Blood Drive

Worldwide Blood Drive Comes to Newark, Delaware

On August 25, 2019, the International WeLoveU Foundation hosted a blood drive in partnership with Tova Community Health, the Blood Bank of Delmarva and the Bear-Glasgow Family YMCA as part of a global initiative to reduce blood shortages. According to the World Health Organization’s stats, non-remunerated blood donors—who donate freely without receiving payment—are proven to donate the healthiest blood. This effort is part of WeLoveU’s 2019 Worldwide One-Two Blood Drive Movement and helps fulfill Sustainable Development Goal #3—Good Health and Well-Being.

Preparation for the Big Day 

To spread awareness about the importance of blood donations and to promote the drive, volunteers tabled at the YMCA, local gyms and Barnes & Nobles for two weeks before the event. Many people signed up for the WeLoveU newsletter and also registered to attend the blood drive. Staff member from the YMCA, where the blood drive was hosted, connected with WeLoveU’s mission to help people, were one of the first donors of the day.

Sharing Love Through Blood Donation ♥

On the day of the drive, volunteers gathered early in the morning to set up the gym. They helped the blood donation center setup and also prepared a children’s area. While parents donated, the children were able to have their faces painted, color, and play games.

More than 70 volunteers participated and all of them successfully donated blood. In total, 70 pints of blood (16 double red cells donations and 54 whole blood donations), which can save up to 210 lives, was collected.  

Dr. Nina Anderson, the Founder and Executive Director of Tova Community Health, spoke at the Intl. WeLoveU Foundation’s 2019 Save the World Global Forum in Seoul, South Korea. Specializing in Sickle Cell Anemia, the worldwide blood drive resonated with her. 

Partnering with WeLoveU, she said, “I was very excited about the opportunity provided by the WeLoveU Foundation to share my work about sickle cell, but also the importance of increasing the blood donors in the African American community because less than 1% of our community donates blood and since your mission is also to really try to combat blood shortages it fits right in line with your goals and initiatives.”

Velda Jones-Potter, the City Treasurer of Wilmington, DE, also commended the efforts of WeLoveU and Dr. Anderson.

“Nina and I both grew up in Wilmington. Wilmington is home for us and both grew up knowing what the needs of the community are and for our own personal experiences developing a commitment to really bringing things to the community that can make their lives better. I am thrilled to support the kind of work that the WeLoveU Foundation does and that Nina does because lives of people in our community are better as a result of it.”

WeLoveU Foundation is excited to continue their work in local communities in the state of Delaware and look forward to upcoming opportunities to share the love of a mother to those in distressed communities.

WeLoveU Volunteers in New Jersey Clean Up the Newark Bay Shoreline

WeLoveU Volunteers in New Jersey Clean Up the Newark Bay Shoreline

A Summer Cleanup in the Garden State

On Sunday, August 18, 2019, around 40 volunteers from the International WeLoveU Foundation met in Bayonne, New Jersey’s Newark Bay Shoreline for a cleanup. The WeLoveU Foundation carried this activity out in partnership with the City of Bayonne’s Department of Public Works.

The WeLoveU volunteers were certainly no strangers to the Newark Bay Shoreline. In 2017, they carried out a cleanup there in the springtime as well. The cumulative efforts of all participants is working to fulfill WeLoveU’s Clean WORLD Movement’s vision to help our planet. In addition, the Newark Bay Shoreline cleanup is a step closer to fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals, which is good for us and our planet. In particular, this cleanup targets SDG #14-Life Below Water.

>> Read about WeLoveU’s initial cleanup in 2017

Aiming to make a difference in their community, the group of 40 volunteers signed up to the task of cleaning the half-mile trail. The goal of the cleanup: enhance the ecosystem by removing litter and make the Newark Bay Shoreline aesthetically pleasing to visitors.

The Newark Bay Shoreline is a place many find to be peaceful and they spend their leisure time strolling by the water. Nonetheless, over the last few years, it has become susceptible to debris and litter swept on shore from the ocean. Enormous amounts of litter cause an imbalance in the ecosystem. And with ships entering and leaving the Newark Seaport, pollution is rampant.

Despite the summer heat and humidity, the volunteers rolled up their sleeves and got to work. Within a short time, the group filled more than 30 trash bags and collected tires, rotten wood planks, and dead branches.

The volunteers hope this cleanup and others similar to it like the Hammonasset Beach State Park in Connecticut can inspire others to participate in WeLoveU’s initiatives to enhance the environment.

WeLoveU Partners with Robert Wood Johnson Hospital for Blood Drive

WeLoveU Partners with Robert Wood Johnson Hospital for Blood Drive

The Act of Giving Life

On Sunday, August 4, 2019, WeLoveU’s Worldwide One-Two Blood Drive Movement took place in the South Amboy YMCA in New Jersey in partnership with Robert Wood Johnson Hospital. Nearly two months ago, the International WeLoveU Foundation launched the blood drive movement on World Blood Donor Day. As blood circulates throughout the entire body, the movement has reached more than 50 countries around the world. A chain reaction of blood drives ensued and is now happening in South Amboy, NJ.

Buoyed by Chairwoman Zahng Gil-jah’s message at the 2019 Save the World Global Forum that, “blood donation is sharing life,” around 150 volunteers braved the heat to share life by donating blood.

In cooperation with the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, the WeLoveU volunteers walked guests through panels explaining the importance of voluntary non-remunerated blood donation and serious blood shortages. Through the educational panels, guests became enlightened as to why donating blood is one of the most giving actions they can take.

Vice President of Operations Charles Wilson from Robert Wood Johnson attended the blood drive in the South Amboy YCMA.

He spoke to a group of volunteers about his experience and shared saying, “I’ve been to quite a bit of blood drivers over the past couple of years. And I’m not just saying this because I’m here, but this really is one of the most well-organized blood drives I’ve been to. And that’s a fact!” He continued on, “As I was driving up and see this sea of blue, the only that that outshined this sea of blue was the smile on your faces and you’re still wearing them. I’ve learned quite a bit about your organization in the past hour. An organization such as this, everyone should know about!”

The donor’s efforts yielded 93 whole blood units along with 18 units of plasma. In total, these donations can help more than 300 lives!  Not only will many of those in need receive blood transfusions, but dozens of first-time donors are inspired to participate in future blood drives and volunteer service activities. 

Working Together for Global Harmony

Formally associated with the United Nations Department of Global Communications, the WeLoveU Foundation is committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals with all people. The Worldwide One-Two Blood Drive Movement in particular focuses on Global Goal #3—Good Health & Well-Being. Hand-in-hand, the WeLoveU Foundation will continue working to ensure healthy living and promote well-being for all. 

To read about WeLoveU’s blood drive results along the East Coast, visit the summary post.

The 23rd New Life Family Walkathon in the United States

The 23rd New Life Family Walkathon in the United States

Giving Hope to 7 Billion People With a Smile and a Loving Heart!

That was the slogan for the relay of walkathons hosted by the International WeLoveU Foundation in Brazil, Peru, the Philippines, South Korea and now here in the United States. The New Life Family Walkathon that Chairwoman Zahng Gil-jah has organized annually for the past two decades in Seoul is now taking place in multiple countries around the world. Each one bearing the same purpose in mind: to console those seriously affected by the devastating climate disasters in Mozambique.

Earlier this year, two cyclones—Idai and Kenneth—slammed the country in Southern Africa back to back, leaving it to put itself back together during this humanitarian crisis. It’s reported that subsequent flooding destroyed $1 billion of infrastructure. On top of the country’s fragile framework and people’s lives turned upside down, animals are also suffering as a result of these disasters.

>> What happened in Mozambique?

Saddened by the news of climate disaster, Chairwoman Zahng Gil-jah dedicated the 23rd New Life Family Walkathon in the United States to help those in Mozambique. Together, our steps can translate to love, life, and harmony to those undergoing present difficulties.

We Are Here for You, Mozambique!

On the bright morning of Sunday, July 28, 2019, approximately 2,500 participants checked in, ready to walk! Activity booths with interactive and fun games made it easy for everyone to learn about the 17 Global Goals including a WeLoveU original comic about how to implement the SDGs in daily lives. In addition to supporting Mozambique, WeLoveU launched the #AIMfortheGoals campaign to raise awareness about the SDGs that were established to protect our planet.  

Before the opening address, there was time for a couple of performances by the WeLoveU Foundation volunteers. There were two dance pieces: one dedicated to Mozambique and another one fostering camaraderie to take care of our world together. The last performance was the WeLoveU theme song.

A Special Spotlight on Our Speakers

Right when the guest speakers took the stage, everyone was in for a special surprise visit by U.S. Representative for New Jersey’s 10th congressional district—Donald Payne Jr. Given the Congressman’s tight schedule before the August recess, everyone from the President of WeLoveU to the guest speakers and all 2,500 guests were honored to have an opportunity to hear from the U.S. Representative. Not to mention, Liberty State Park in Jersey City where this year’s walkathon was held is included in Congressman Donald Payne Jr.’s district!

The President of the WeLoveU Foundation then took to the podium after Congressman Donald Payne Jr.’s surprise visit. His introductory message reminded all participants of Chairwoman Zahng Gil-jah’s message that we are one family living in a big home called ‘Earth.’ 

Therefore, as a global family, we must encourage and serve one another with the heart of a mother. This was the perfect introduction for the Ambassador of Mozambique Carlos Dos Santos followed by UN DGC Representative Felipe Queipo. 

“It’s a sense of joy and appreciation for the kind of solidarity to say, ‘Mozambique and Mozambicans, you are far away, but we are with you. We want to support you; we want to help you.'” – Ambassador Carlos Dos Santos

The next following speakers that the WeLoveU Foundation had a privilege to have speak at the 23rd New Life Family Walkathon was Climate Reality Project Leader Tim Guinee, and Lindsey Prowse from the French-American Chamber of Commerce. The more each speaker presented about the effects of climate change, the importance of an individuals role in tackling it, and so on, the moral of the volunteers were heightened as they anticipated to walk for such a meaningful cause.

One, Two, Three—Let’s Walk!

By the early afternoon, all 2,500 participants comprised of family, friends and local officials met at the starting line. On the count of three, everyone began taking their steps one by one in support of Mozambique.

To stay hydrated all-day long, all who registered received a glass water bottle. A water sponsor provided free water for volunteers to refill their bottles frequently without using plastic bottles. Reducing plastic use is good for us and our planet. In addition, a majority—if not all—carpooled for this event. Having fewer cars on the road means carbon emissions are reduced and our air quality improves.

 It was a pleasant afternoon across from the New York City skyline. Families and friends had opportunities to catch up and talk together while participating in a wonderful cause. Through the volunteers efforts, WeLoveU hopes those in Mozambique can feel refreshed and comforted knowing there are people supporting them from across the globe.

 

WeLoveU Volunteers in Puerto Rico Take Action and Host Blood Drive

WeLoveU Volunteers in Puerto Rico Take Action and Host Blood Drive

The Island of Enchantment Joins Worldwide Blood Drive

Nowadays, society faces frequent accidents, diseases, and natural disasters, which affects the lives of countless people. However, a big problem we face, though not commonly thought of, is blood shortages. Every year, the need for blood transfusion increases.

That’s one of the reasons why the WeLoveU Foundation was motivated to launch the 2019 One-Two Worldwide Blood Drive Movement to establish a network of volunteers to readily donate blood. From the campaign launch date, June 14, until the end of August, blood drives swept the globe. And on Sunday, July 28, 2019, WeLoveU’s Blood Drive Movement began in Puerto Rico!

Puerto Rico confronts blood shortages on a daily basis. To meet the needs of patients dealing with illnesses and other circumstances, Puerto Rico hospitals and clinics require at least 550 pints of blood. Therefore, to help maintain the blood supply, the WeLoveU volunteers participated in this global movement. 

Getting an early start, more than 80 donors arrived at the Mutual Services Blood Bank with great enthusiasm. While the institution’s staff made preparations, the members decorated the space; creating a cozy and warm atmosphere.

One by one, volunteers filled the donation beds and donated life-saving blood. Thanks to the efforts of the donors, around 83 pints of blood, equivalent to 249 lives were collected. The members of the International WeLoveU Foundation aspire to continue sharing love through dedicated volunteer services to unite the global village and save lives of those in despair. 

>> Read about WeLoveU’s blood drive results along the East Coast and Caribbean and around the world!

 

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