Pre-Ushirika Day blood donation drive launched at Cooperative University

State Department for Cooperatives Principal Secretary Patrick Kilemi on Tuesday, June 12 has launched Pre-Ushirika Day blood donation drive at The Co-operative University of Kenya an initiative organized by the Ushirika Council.

The PS noted that the blood drive symbolizes the 7th Co-operative Principle, Concern for the Community and our commitment to building a better future for all.

Kilemi lauded the University’s role in realizing the 7th Cooperative Principle, Concern for the Community.

Co-operatives University of Kenya Vice Chancellor Prof Kamau Ngamau said the institution will continue ensuring professionalism in the co-operative sector which is the effective way of empowering communities.

This year on July 6, the Cooperative movement in Kenya will join cooperatives around the world will celebrate the International Day of Cooperatives, Ushirika Day with the theme “Cooperatives Build a Better Future for All,” and the celebration will mark the 30th International Day of Cooperatives recognized by the United Nations and the 102nd International Cooperative Day.


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The aim of Ushirika Day is to increase awareness of cooperatives and promote the movement’s ideas of international solidarity, economic efficiency, equality, and honor the achievements of co-operatives.

The United Nations recognizes the cooperative movement as its key partner in accelerating sustainable development and calls on its member states to support and strengthen cooperatives’ entrepreneurial ecosystems. This can increase their capacity to create more social, economic, and environmental impact in society.

Present at the launch of the blood drive were CEO of the Cooperative Alliance of Kenya Daniel Marube, Regional Manager Nairobi and Eastern Kenya National Blood Transfusion Festus koech, Officers from the Ministry of Cooperatives and MSMEs and the Cooperative University fraternity.

By Obegi Malack

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