On 24th November 2013 in London ACLT charity in 4.5 hours registered 447 East Africans as potential bone marrow donors in aid of 24 year old Kevin Kararwa at the Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA) St Matthews Church, Dyson Road E15 4JX. People came from all of the country to join the Delete Blood Cancer UK bone marrow register. Fantastic Response! And there’s more to come..
Kevin was overwhelmed and can see his appeal is opening doors to saving hundreds of lives.
Kevin Kararwa, a 24 year old student from London, who was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML) back on the 12th April 2012. Kevin story has touched the heart of many and has mobilized a community from the youth to parents to take responsibility in becoming donors to save the lives. This appeal is raising awareness in regards to becoming a donor and Kevin may not be aware but he is providing a chance for many patients to find a donor and survive with all the new supporters. The odds of finding a Black donor match are around 1 in 100,000 – that’s like finding 1 person out of a packed-out Wembley stadium
Kevin also now urgently needs a bone marrow transplant to save his life. Here is the ITV London Tonight Wednesday 20th Nov news feature about Kevin’s Appeal.
Kevin is of African Heritage, his matching donor will most likely come from the Black or Mixed Race Community. Despite a worldwide search a match has not yet been found. There is a severe shortage of potential bone marrow donors, particularly from the Black and ethnic minority communities.
Today a Donor drive was held in Stratford PCEA where people came to show their support for Kevin and his family. If you were unable to attend there are still several ways you can get involved.
Click HERE to watch an appeal from Kevin’s Mother (Veronica), ACLT Co-Founder and friends of Kevin and his Mother.
To read more about Kevin story CLICK HERE!!
A ONE AND ONLY MATCH4KEVIN DONOR DRIVE WILL TAKE PLACE: Sunday 24th November. Time: 4pm till 6.30pm. Venue: Presbyterian Church of East Africa, St Matthews Church, Dyson Road, London E15 4JX
ALTERNATIVELY, IF YOU WISH TO REGISTER AS A POTENTIAL BONE MARROW BUT CAN’T ATTEND THE ABOVE DONOR DRIVE PLEASE VISIT OUR OFFICE IN CENTRAL CROYDON
Time: 10.30am till 4.30pm ACLT Office 7A Rathbone Square Tanfield Road Croydon CR0 4HA
You can call to book a 30 minute appointment @ ACLT office Tel no. 020 8240 4480.
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You can also Give support by donating money online. This will help the charity that is helping Kevin with his leukaemia to meet the costs the come with the appeal to find a bone marrow donor.
To find out more info visit:
Virgin Money Giving | Fundraising | Team Kevin fundraising –http://m.virginmoneygiving.com/mt/uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserPage.action?userUrl=Harambee4Kevin&faId=387140&isTeam=true
Or you can DONATE VIA TEXT.
Donate money via text by simply sending the words:
KEVK89 3 (to donate 3 pounds)
KEVK89 5 (to donate 5 pounds) or
KEVK89 10 (to donate 10 pounds)