My Blood Story: Creative Content Competition

My Blood Story Competition


NOW OPEN
Closes 31st of May, 2024 at MIDNIGHT!!

Every year, Nigeria needs 2 million units of blood from voluntary donors for medical purposes. This is to save the lives of women who lose blood whilst giving birth, road traffic accident victims, patients having surgery and people with sickle cell disease or cancer. Most people have never considered becoming a voluntary blood donor because they don’t know of the amazing impact that donating can have on the lives of others.

Help save lives by sharing your inspiring blood story through engaging creative content. . .

That is why Action on Blood, a Lagos-based voluntary blood donor organisation, has partnered with Global Blood Fund (GBF), a US-based blood charity, to run a competition for people to share their stories of how voluntary blood donation saves or improves lives. If you are a voluntary donor, you or someone you love has received blood, or your work involves supporting the giving or receiving of voluntary blood, then you could win up to $500 for sharing your interesting or inspiring story.

We are looking for short content – videos, animations, speeches, poems, interviews, songs – that can be published on our website and via our social media channels. Whatever you chose to do, be creative, be innovative and be engaging.

Winners for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes will be chosen by a panel of independent judges. Special commendation prizes may be offered at the judges’ discretion.

Winners will be announced on World Blood Donor Day, June 14th.  

 . . . and you could win a BIG CASH prize!!!

Key rules:

  1. Your story must be based on real events (i.e. not a work of fiction)
  2. You must live, study or work in Lagos State, Nigeria.
  3. As the entrant, YOU must have
    • Received blood – or had a loved one receive blood – that was donated voluntarily;
    • Donated blood voluntarily; or
    • Supported the giving or receiving of voluntary blood as part of your job, charitable work or volunteering at the time of the story.
  4. For the purposes of this competition, creative content includes short video clips, animations, poetry recitals, music videos, songs, audio stories, podcasts and interviews; short stories, speeches, poems and song lyrics and images with or without words. This list is not exhaustive and more than one medium can be used. You are encouraged to be as creative and innovative as possible.
  5. Content can be in English, pidgin, Yoruba, Igbo, Hausa or any other language or dialect spoken in Nigeria. Please note that if your content is not in English, it MUST have English subtitles so that it can be shared to wider audiences, internationally.
  6. All content must be your own work.
  7. Ensure that your use of any image, photo, audio, font, logo etc. is free from copyright infringement. These assets are usually subject to the laws of copyright and intellectual property. Before using a copyrighted asset you must determine if you have permission to do so. There are a range of online sites that contain copyright free images and or audio that you can use and integrate into your content.
  8. You must adhere to the relevant size limits for the media you are creating: maximum 3 mins duration, 500 words, 1 single side of A4 and 2mb in size.
  9. Before uploading your entry, label it as follows: “Your First Name and SURNAME – Your Title” e.g. “Patience NWOSU – The Special Gift”.
  10. By entering, you agree that Action On Blood and Global Blood Fund (GBF) can use your submission (story and content) as we see fit, whether or not you win a prize.

Judging criteria:

  1. How engaging is the story?
  2. How creative and original is the content?
  3. What is the quality of the submission?
  4. How much effort was put into the submission?
  5. Other ‘X-factor’ that isn’t included above that makes the entry really stand out

Each entry will be scored by judges solely on the competition criteria, with the 1st prize going to the the top-scoring winner, the 2nd prize going to the second top-scoring entrant and 3rd prize to the third top-scoring entrant. Special commendation prizes MAY be offered at the judges’ discretion. These will be used to recognise submissions deserving of special attention and to reward projects that bring a lot of value to the competition. Those eligible for the special commendation prizes are: Action on Blood voluntary donors; members of churches, mosques, universities, colleges and other community groups that host Action on Blood community blood drives; hospitals, charities and healthcare facilities that partner with Action on Blood to provide greater access to safe blood and blood products; staff of organisations that sponsor Action on Blood’s activities to raise awareness about voluntary blood donation.

Judges:

We have some AMAZING judges for this competition and we will be introducing them to you over the course of the next few weeks.  In, the meantime, look out messages from them over their socials.

Lagos has 28 public blood banks, 126 private blood banks, a network of blood donation centres, blood transportation and logistical support by ambulances, motorcycles, and third-party blood logistic companies licensed under the supervision of the LSBTS for the movement of blood from blood banks to hospitals.  Under the guidance of Dr. Osikomaiya, the agency has implemented the requirements of its mandate by “progressively increasing the number of voluntary blood donors at the grassroots and ensuring that every unit of blood is safe for transfusion.”

“Since I have been involved in this area of public health, I have met many people and come across many stories that undersore just how urgent the need for blood donors is.  When you hear about the gaping holes left in familes and friendship groups because there was no blood at the hospital or of sickle cell warriors rolling around on the floor in pain and unable to get the relief that blood can bring, it stirs something in you – a compassion and a drive to heal that hurt. 

I hope that this competition will provide a platform for those touched by blood donation to share their stories and invite others to walk in their shoes.  I hope they will reognise the opportunity we and GBF have created as our way of showing that we see them, we hear what they are going through and we care enough to do something of this magnitude to help.

On a wider note, I hope that the captivating stories will enable all of us – whether or not we live, work or play in Lagos – to find our shared humanity.  That they will inspire us to take ACTION.”

“I’m really excited about this competition as it will really support raising awareness about voluntary blood donation in Lagos, Nigeria. 

We have worked with Global Blood Fund on other initatitives before and I am sure that this one will be just as sucessful. 

I wish all the entrants the best of luck and look forward to seeing the level of creativity that can come out of Lagos – the Centre of Exellence.”

Dr Ademola Adewoyin is an experienced Consultant Haematologist at Evercare Hospital Lekki who diagnoses and treats patients with blood and blood related disorders.

I am excited to announce that I will be serving as a judge for the My Blood Story Competition hosted by Action on Blood! This competition is a fantastic initiative that invites individuals to share their personal stories and experiences related to blood, including transfusions, donations, or conditions such as sickle cell. It’s an honor to be involved in such a meaningful event that raises awareness and fosters community through storytelling. I look forward to reading the inspiring entries and helping to highlight these powerful narratives.

Come back soon to hear from this judge.

CALL 09155 266 215 for all competition enquiries

Detailed Terms & Conditions:

1 Eligibility: As the entrant, YOU must a) have received blood – or had a loved one receive blood – that was donated voluntarily, b) have donated blood voluntarily, or c) have supported the giving or receiving of voluntary blood as part of your job, charitable work or volunteering at the time of the story. This competition is open to children and adults. Children under the age of 18 will need permission of an adult parent or guardian. You can enter as a group, but the lead entrant must meet the eligibility criteria and will be the one to receive the prize money.

2 Specific Exclusions: No one affiliated with Action on Blood or GBF will be eligible to participate in the competition. That includes employees of Action on Blood or GBF, their immediate family members and those living in their households or in the households of their family members. Similarly for the judges, the family members and those living in their households or in the households of their family members will also be ineligible.

3 Competition Period: Entries will be accepted online, starting 1st May 2024 and ending midnight, 31st May 2024. Entries date-stamped before or after this window will be deemed ineligible. Winners will be announced on 14th June 2024, World Blood Donor Day.

4 Submissions: The competition will be open for entries of stories told through creative content, suitable for social media sharing. This includes short video clips, stories, animations, poetry recitals, music videos, songs, audio stories, podcasts and interviews. This list is not exhaustive, and more than one medium can be used. Up to 5 files of up to 20Mb per entry can be submitted. Maximum lengths are advised as 3 mins duration for video and audio and 2,000 words for stories, speeches, poems and song lyrics. Images should be captioned, to a maximum of 500 words. However, more succinct content will generally be preferred. The narrative must be based on real events (i.e. not a work of fiction) and the subject matter should have some association with the geographic area served by Action On Blood (Lagos State, Nigeria). Entrants are encouraged to be as creative and innovative as possible. Content can be in English, pidgin, Yoruba, Igbo, Hausa or any other language or dialect spoken in Nigeria. Please note that if your content is not in English, it MUST have English subtitles so that it can be shared to wider audiences, internationally.

 

 

5 How to Enter: The Competition is entered by submitting an entry using the competition site – https://lagos.bloodstory.org/. The entry must fulfil all competition requirements, as specified, to be eligible to win a prize. Entries that are not complete or do not adhere to the rules or specifications may be disqualified at the sole discretion of Action On Blood and GBF. You may submit more than one entry. People under the age of 18 are permitted to submit entries with permission from a parent or guardian. The latter must be available to bring the child to collect any prize money, should the child win.

6 How to Win: Winners for this competition will be selected by a panel of FIVE judges, with varied backgrounds, expertise, and perspectives. No more than two of the judges will be representatives of Action on Blood. The judges’ decisions will be final. Winners will be announced on World Blood Donor Day and notified by email. Action On Blood and GBF reserve the right not to award one or more of the listed prizes where – by agreement of the judges – none of the submissions received are deemed to meet a subjective threshold of “publishable quality”.

7 Prizes: Prizes for the competition are $500 for 1st prize, $300 for 2nd prize and $200 for 3rd prize. The judges, at their discretion, may award an undetermined number of $100 special commendation prizes to recognise submissions deserving of special attention and to reward projects that bring a lot of value to the competition. You are not guaranteed to win a prize and your chance of winning is dependent on the total number of eligible entries received. Acceptance of prize constitutes permission for Action On Blood and GBF to use winner’s name, likeness, and entry for purposes of advertising and trade without further compensation, unless prohibited by law. Winners can choose to receive their prizes in US dollars (cash) or in Naira (cash or bank transfer) converted at the prevailing foreign exchange on the 31st May 2024. Winners will have to collect their prize IN PERSON at Action On Blood’s office in Lekki, Lagos in the week beginning Monday, 10th June 2024. Proof of identity – e.g. voter’s card, international passport, driving licence – will be required. Where the winner is under the age of 18 and does not have his/her own proof of identity, the parent that gave initial permission must attend with the child.

8 Notification: Winners of the Competition will be notified by e-mail in the week ending Friday, 7th June 2024. They will be asked to collect their prizes and take part in competition promotion for the public announcement of the winners, between the 7th and 12th of June. Entrants should ensure they are available, in Lagos, over this time period. Action On Blood and GBF will take no liability for a winner’s failure to receive notices due to winners’ spam, junk e-mail or other security settings or for winners’ provision of incorrect or otherwise non-functioning contact information. If any winner cannot be reached after reasonable efforts have been exerted during five (5) days from the date of the selection, or if he/she is found to be ineligible, or if he/she cannot or if he/she is unable to pick up their prize and take part in competition promotion at the stated dates, or does not comply with any other Competition Rules, such winner may be disqualified and an alternate winner selected.

9 Rights Granted by you: By entering this content you understand that Action On Blood and GBF, anyone acting on behalf of  Action On Blood and GBF, or its respective licensees, successors and assigns will have the right, where permitted by law, without any further notice, review or consent to print, publish, broadcast, distribute, and use, worldwide in any media now known or hereafter in perpetuity and throughout the World, your entry, including, without limitation, the entry and winner’s name, portrait, picture, voice, likeness, image or statements about the Competition, and biographical information as news, publicity or information and for trade, advertising, public relations and promotional purposes without any further compensation. You understand that your entry may be published for public review prior or post to any judging process or may be reviewed privately by competition judges. If you use fraudulent methods, or otherwise, to attempt to circumvent the rules (for example if your entry is not original material or not based on real events) your submission may be removed from eligibility at the sole discretion of Action On Blood and GBF.

10 Rights to Work: By entering the Competition, you represent and warrant that your entry is your original work and does not include a third party’s work without permission and that it will not infringe on the rights of any third party or entity. In addition, you have obtained all rights, licenses, permissions and consents necessary to submit the entry and to grant the other rights outlined in the rules.