On Sunday 28 October 2018, the Rotary Club of Arusha Mt. Meru (RCAMM) , (RCAMM) held a Blood Donation Camp at the Shree Hindu Mandal Hospital in Arusha from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This is part of the club’s regular effort to boost the regional blood bank, which is currently short of blood. The last blood camp organized by RCAMM was held in February 2018, and the funds are raised entirely from member contributions in either cash or kind. 

A team of seven medical personnel came to Arusha from Damu Salama, the regional blood bank based at the Kilimanjaro Medical Christian Medical Centre (KCMC) in Moshi. Volunteers from the Rotaract Club of Arusha City assisted with registering blood donors and serving them refreshments, which is vital to regain strength after one has donated blood. In addition, the Rotaractors served lunch to the medical staff from Damu Salama and the Rotarians present.
Caption: RCAMM Donors: Left, Rtn. Fiona, a first time donor, right, regular donor Rtn. Mukesh, RCAMM Blood Camp Coordinator
A total of thirty two people registered as donors and following medical screening, 27 sacrificed a pint of their red gold, including six Rotarians and seven Rotaractors. All first time donors were issued with a blood donor card and received SMS alerts from Damu Salama to remind them to donate after three months. Furthermore, the Shree Hindu Mandal Hospital took note of donors with rare blood types, so that they can be contacted in case of emergency.
Caption: Two donors giving blood with Damu Salama and the Rotaract Club of Arusha City President in attendance
The next Blood Camp is scheduled for February 2019, when RCAMM will take advantage of the month of love to encourage people to give the best gift of all – life.