Lockington's Everyday Fiji ... Life Goes On

Allen Lockington is a self-employed customs agent and business consultant who has regular articles published in Fiji. I thank Allen for permission to reprint some of them in this political blog. They remind us that life goes on, whatever the political situation. And it's good to know that.

Priceless Donation

On Thursday I took a few friends from Lautoka to donate blood at the Lautoka hospital. We got tested and gave 750ml of blood. It was interesting because when we arrived we were asked what patients we had come to give blood to.

There were a few men sitting outside the office and I asked them what they were there for. They said that they had come to give blood to a relative. It's interesting that people will only go up to the blood bank to donate when a relative needs blood. My friends who are taxi drivers decided that they wanted to give back to society something and they came up with a blood donation.

Someone said taxi drivers had been taking from us. Yes, but what they gave back was well over the cost of a taxi fare. So freely given, it was priceless.


Blood Donations - No Certificates? said…
As usual, Allen comes up with something full of common sense and it is based on first hand observations leading to insight. It would assist Blood Donations in Fiji if those responsible for allocating the Certificates and showing people's blood groups (a vital piece of valuable information for us all?) ISSUED THEM. They often do not. So why do they expect to have continuing voluntary donations from members of the Fiji Public? Repeatedly asked for certificates by a company aspiring to Volunteerism and encouraging initiative, we have now given up. Get with it Blood Donation Departments and do the obvious: issue the certificates to ensure future, sustainable donations of blood. If you have run out of money for them, have them funded by a Pharmaceutical or Health-associated foundation: but do it!