Urban artists help to promote the ACLT charity’s upcoming blood drive.
British recording artists including Tinchy Stryder, Sway, Bashy and Donaeo have shown their individual support to encourage young people to join the UK bone marrow registry. The UK stars tweeted to their fans throughout the weekend requesting that followers attend the forthcoming ACLT bone marrow recruitment drive at the Choice FM headquarters, Global Radio, 30 Leicester Square, London WC2H 7LA on Saturday 2nd June 2012 between 11am till 4pm.
Musician of Ghanaian origin Tinchy Stryder, tweeted to his 500,000+ followers:
ACLT charity trying find a bone marrow donor for a young black boy of Ghanian heritage!Follow @ACLTcharity register & possibly save a life!
— Tinchy Stryder (@TinchyStryder) May 11, 2012
The ACLT will host its annual recruitment drive to support patients like Dennis Gyamfi and Rose-Anne Ofori; both of whom require bone marrow transplants, by recruiting potential donors to join the bone marrow register.
Dennis, 22, a previous award winner of ‘The Community Oscars’ Spirit of London Awards,’ was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) in January 2010. He is currently undergoing chemotherapy; however consultants at St. George’s Hospital, Tooting have confirmed a bone marrow transplant would be the preferred course of treatment to overcome his illness.
Dennis, an inspiration to many young Londoners set up online publication E2E Magazine in a bid to encourage young people from different postcodes in Lambeth to work together. He also works as a youth speaker, visiting schools and colleges encouraging young people to strive to bring an end to the spate of postcode associated violence between young (predominantly teenage) Londoners. He recently visited Park View School, Tottenham to deliver a workshop themed around aspirations to inspire young people.
The recruitment drive will also appeal to the public to help 8 year old Rose-Anne Ofori, a sufferer of Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML), diagnosed in June 2011. Rose-Anne a resident of Dagenham, East London completed treatment in November 2011, however she suffered a relapse in March 2012. Rose-Anne URGENTLY needs to find an unrelated bone marrow match. Without it she will not beat the disease.
The ACLT require Black, Asian and Mixed Race individuals to represent their community through donation of Bone Marrow through their one stop registration event which takes 30 minutes. Successful bone marrow registrants will be required to provide a small saliva sample. They’ll also be recruiting individuals who wish to join the blood and/or organ registers. Participants will be asked to complete a short application form. Potential blood donors will be sent an appointment date, time and venue to donate blood for transfusion purposes and organ donors will be added to the database of organ donors and sent an organ donor card.
ACLT co-founder Beverley De-Gale welcomes the support from these high profile and rising stars of UK urban music scene, stating that;
The involvement of these music artists communicating directly with their fanbase is not only much appreciated but is getting our message to members of community that it might otherwise be hard to make an impression upon. Our hope is the general public will be inspired by the support shown by the likes of Tinchy Stryder, Sway, Bashy, Donaeo and Choice FM DJ’s like Eddie Kadi and take 30 minutes out of their day to help save a life.
For more information on how to register to become a bone marrow donor at the ACLT’s forthcoming appeal recruitment drive at Choice FM headquarters, call 020 8240 4480 or visit the ACLT’s website, www.aclt.org.