Giving Blood for a Worthy Cause

If blood flows at WHU two or three times a year, it’s the result not of an accident or even a crime but rather a worthy cause: students at the Business School organize blood drives on a regular basis.

The event is led by Glenn Davidsen, the first chairman of the association, who stresses that non-students are also welcome to all of the blood drives. The WHU student club is also sponsored by the German Red Cross. There are around 80 volunteers who regularly donate their blood at WHU blood drives, where they are provided with snacks and drinks by WHU students, who are all among the donors themselves. 

But why do prospective masters of business administration and economists get involved in this field in the first place? In the case of Glenn Davidsen, who is originally from Hamburg, the motivation is based on his volunteer work with the Order of St. John. For years, Davidsen reports, he was a member of the national youth council for this aid organization. When he started his studies in Vallendar, the young man knew at once that he wanted to become involved in charity work here, too. So, the 21-year-old manages the blood drives together with two fellow students.

Their work involves organizing the location and recruiting enough helpers for each event. The last time such an event was held, some 40 additional members were on hand to assist on the ground floor of Building C. At the same time, Davidsen and his colleagues, Tu Tran (Treasurer) and Alexander Steurer (Vice-Chairperson) initiated a kind of competition: the prize went to the WHU cohort with the most blood donors. “That’s how the event attracts its constant volume of around 80 donors – with a slightly upward trend,” the student said. What might strike outsiders as not so huge a number is remarkable, however: donor events routinely collect around 40 liters of blood. “Besides, we’d like to use the event to promote blood donations generally,” the organizer points out. At the last blood drive, held March 20, participants also had the option of having themselves typed for a bone marrow donation.

Davidsen and his fellow students will be “at the helm” of two more events, the Hamburg native says, before the torch is passed to the next generation of WHU students. Because: first- and second-semester students are always in charge. “That’s when students have the latitude to organize this event alongside their studies, before the stress really mounts,” Davidsen says.

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