Give blood for community

Ruben A. Perez, Reporter

The Cesar E. Chavez Blood Drive challenge is back at Bakersfield College.

The blood drive is a part of a national competition among colleges to donate the highest amount of blood and to educate in general.

“It’s pretty much to raise awareness on health issues related to blood and also the title, Cesar E. Chavez, is to raise awareness on the progress that has been made due to Cesar E. Chavez for migrant workers,” said SGA council member Rudy Strong.

The SGA will also be recording how many students will be donating for the competition.

“That’s where the competition comes in is how many Latino Americans or Hispanic Americans came to your blood drive, pints you got and everything,” said Strong.

This information is sent to the organization to see who won.

“Last year we competed and got fifth in the nation, which was a big accomplishment.”

Bakersfield College beat out schools like Duke University, Texas A&M International University and University of Arizona.

“We got a plaque for it,” said Strong.

“Some scholarships are available to the top 10, so that’s always good.”

To donate blood, a donor has to have a picture ID with a date of birth.

A donor also cannot have a cold or flu and have waited a year after getting a tattoo or piercing.

The last day to donate blood is March 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.