Communication Workers Union campaign for more ethnic minority Bone Marrow Donors

Communication Workers Union (CWU) has forged a partnership with the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust (ACLT) and are actively supporting the ACLT in its efforts to drive up the number of donors that currently exist on the National Bone Marrow register. The ACLT is set up to encourage more people from the ethnic minorities to come forward as donors as currently there is a real shortage in these communities.

The desperate shortage of bone marrow donors, especially from ethnic minority backgrounds, was highlighted after Quadrant member and Race Advisory Committee member Cyril Onyejekwe was diagnosed with the early stages of leukaemia and told he needs a bone marrow transplant.

CWU members were concerned to hear of the shortage of donors and the plight of many sufferers unable to find a bone marrow match and are now determined to do want they can to help increase the number of bone marrow donors.

CWU in conjunction with BT and the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) have arranged special screening sessions to identify potential Bone Marrow donors who can save the lives of leukaemia sufferers. Initial interest has been very encouraging we are expecting a good response to the first screening.

The first screening session is planned for the 11th January 2007 and is to take place between 11am and 3pm at the BT Centre. In attendance will be a number of high profile figures amongst them ex-Arsenal and England footballer Paul Davies.

The second screening session is scheduled to take place during the CWU Black Workers Conference at the Novotel Hotel in Bristol on 3rd February 2007 between 10.30 and 3pm and is also open to members of the public.

National Equality Officer Michèle Emerson said “I am happy to say that I am on the National bone marrow register and would encourage as many people as possible to give serious consideration to doing likewise so that we can maximise the chances of people fighting and recovering from Leukaemia and other related illnesses”.

CWU are subsequently finalising plans for more screening session over the coming months, and are also in discussions with Royal Mail and other organisations where CWU members are employed.

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