Members of UNC’s sororities have been competing over the last two months, but this time the competition isn’t for new members – it’s to help save lives.
In September, the UNC Panhellenic Council and the UNC Blood Donation Center partnered to create the Sorority Platelet Donation Competition. At the end of the two month drive, the three sororities with the most donations will receive a monetary prize towards their philanthropy.
Junior Emma Caponigro, a member of Alpha Chi Omega, along with senior Gaby Jeifa of Sigma Sigma Sigma, first got the idea for the drive after learning about a similar competition with the University’s club sports teams. Caponigro, a health policy and management major, was also serving as the service chair of UNC’s pre-health society at the time and decided to reach out to the Blood Donation Center.
“I was passionate about making this competition happen because I recognize how important collecting enough platelets is for the UNC Blood Donation Center,” Caponigro said. “The donated platelets go to patients in UNC Hospitals who are often cancer or trauma victims, and they’re crucially important in their treatment.”
Enter Trilby Norton, the center’s donor recruiter. Norton sat down with Caponigro, Jeifa and the Panhellenic Council to determine the best way to help. After figuring out all the logistics, the result was a two month campaign to maximize platelet donations.