Non-Prophet Charity Week Draws Near in the UK

Over in the UK, the National Federation of Atheist, Humanist and Secular Student Societies (AHS) is gearing up for Non-Prophet Week :)

During Non-Prophet Week AHS societies are encouraged to raise and give money to charity (not that you’re discouraged at other times of the year!). This year we will be encouraging UK societies to raise money for Children In Need and Republic of Ireland societies to raise money for Barnardo’s. In addition, this year we want to place an emphasis on running blood donations and on joining the bone marrow and organ donor registers.

Awesome campaign and very worth charities. So far, 17 groups are signed up to participate and you can check out what they’re planning to do here. There’s still two weeks left, though, for more UK groups to join in the collective efforts.

Speaking of bone marrow donors, inspired by this post, I requested and received the donor kit in the mail (courtesy of Be The Match), swabbed the inside of my cheeks, and will be sending back the samples to see if I might be a match for somebody. It’s amazing that becoming a donor is that simple and yet so many people don’t do it.

Go request a kit and join the bone marrow registry.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been on the bone marrow register for 15 years and I’ve been a close match twice.  At 40 I’m too old to be an ideal match but if I’m needed I’ll be able to donate for another 20 years.  I’ve been a regular blood donor for 22 years.  In those days we could donate blood twice a year while now it is three times per year.  I’m giving blood next Monday before the vampires and ghouls of Halloween get it.

    It really isn’t a lot of bother to do this.  My close matches for bone marrow donation involved some blood tests with my GP and a visit to the post office, two hours tops.  Donating blood takes about an hour and a half.  Usually because it is so busy and there’s a lot of queuing.  The draining of blood takes only about 5 minutes.  Then I get a cuppa and a biscuit.  Also an hour sitting down and reading between tests (they do a blood drop test for anaemia) and answering questions to confirm your identity is quite relaxing.

    I understand that they actually pay you for your blood in the US.  Is that right?

    Also I’d like to add that men and ethnic minority groups should be particularly encouraged to register.  There is a good reason for this.  Men are physically bigger in general and have more bone marrow to donate and men aged 18 to 30 make up only about 12% of donors (at least in the UK).  Marrow matches for minorities are harder to find for obvious reasons (a smaller group means a lower chance of a match).


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