Black Communities urged to donate blood

National Blood Service ‘VIP Appeal’ teams up with Nigerian Comedy Show for Valentine’s Special
12th February 2009: Nigerian Comedy Show will be giving a platform to the VIP Appeal, a new campaign by the National Blood Service to encourage Black African, Black Caribbean and South Asian communities to give blood and help meet the need for rare blood types within ethnic minority communities. 

Statistics for blood donation show a situation in need of much improvement; currently only 1% of active blood donors are from combined Black African and Black Caribbean communities.

And because of this, particular types of rare blood groups found only in Black communities are in great demand. Sufferers of Sickle Cell Anaemia for instance, prevalent within the African and African Caribbean communities, need regular blood transfusions. 

There’s also a great need for blood for day-to-day use, including childbirth at hospitals that serve Black communities.

With the VIP Appeal, the public get a chance to become a ‘Very Important Person’ and make a difference in their local community by registering to give blood. You can do this at the Nigerian Comedy Show Valentine’s Specials or online at

Please be reminded that every day blood donations save the lives of babies, mothers in childbirth and people having operations or suffering from medical conditions.

Almost anybody between the ages of 17 and 65 can donate. There is no health risk, most people find it relatively painless and you can donate blood every 16 weeks. New needles are used for each donor, it only takes about an hour to give blood and after a few minutes rest you can be on your way.

Register online using this link and then visit your local donor session and complete a short, confidential health form. On the same link you’ll find information about when and where the nearest blood donation sessions are taking place. You can also call the donor helpline: 0845 7 711 711

Nigerian Comedy Show for the Valentine’s Special

In Nigeria, stand-up comedy has exploded in recent years with comedians performing to huge crowds and getting the treatment of pop stars. The Valentine’s Special shows will be featuring top comedians from Nigeria Basket Mouth (probably Nigeria’s finest comedian), Gandoki, Buchi, Elenu and Seyilaw, plus UK support by Chimeze and music by Congo’s number one selling artist Mimitah.
Nigerian Comedy Show is the only monthly Nigerian comedy event aimed at Nigerians in the UK. It features both Nigerian-based and UK-based comedians and is hosted by the company’s founder, David Balogun, a former Mr. Nigeria.

Balogun’s aim is to establish a social and networking environment where young Nigerian professionals, from doctors to fashion insiders, can come to after a hard day’s work to laugh and relieve stress through comedy.
Past shows have been held on the HMS President Boat on London’s Embankment and at Porchester Hall in Bayswater ; comedians have included Basket Mouth, Okey Bakassi, Gandoki, I Go Die, Tee A, Tunde Ednut, Simply Andy, Adot Comedian, Wale Gates, Lateef Love-Joy, Baba Willy, Heady Kadi and Paul Chaudry.

Listings information:

E & C Entertainment in conjunction with the VIP Appeal presents Nigerian Comedy Valentine Special featuring top comedians from Nigeria Basket Mouth, Gandoki, Buchi, Elenu and Seyilaw, plus UK support by Chimeze and music by Mimitah.

Friday, 13 February 2009: Methodist Central Building, Oldham Street, Manchester M1 1JQ

Saturday, 14 February 2009: Kensington Great Hall, The Town Hall, Hornton Street, London W8 7NX (tel. 020 7361 2220)

For both events:
Times: 5.30pm – 10.30pm (show starts 6.30pm prompt)

Dress Code: Gents – smart; Ladies – elegant

Tickets (in advance): £15 (must be at the venue before 6.30pm), £20 (open ticket), £25 (VIP front table seating)

For tickets call 07931612164 or to buy tickets online:

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