A DRIVE to register people who could save the lives of two children with leukaemia is being held in Wembley this weekend.
Tabo Chibafa, four, from Zimbabwe, and Navaeh Green, two, from Waddon, south London, have both been diagnosed with the disease and urgently need a bone marrow transplant.
Tabo's parents are Christians and are hoping the congregation at Park Lane Methodist Church, which is hosting a donor registration clinic, and members of the public will help to save their son.Navaeh's mother, Charmaine, describes her daughter as a 'friendly, bubbly and articulate little girl' and is praying she will make a full recovery.
Since 1996 the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust (ACLT) has been working with many organisations, such as The Anthony Nolan Trust and the National Blood Service, to help save the lives of thousands of people by recruiting bone marrow donors and blood donors, but more members of black and minority ethnic groups are needed on the donor register.
Reverend Bob Pritchard, minister at Park Lane Methodist Church, is encouraging people to become involved in this life-saving initiative.
"Twice in my life I have been told I only have days to live. Prayer and medical drugs found a way. To be able to give a donation for another life must be very fulfilling. If you have a chance to give, it could be life-changing," he said.
ACLT has been instrumental in recruiting more than 30,000 potential bone marrow black and ethnic minority donors during the past 14 years.
A spokeswoman said: "It is never too late to be someone's hero. By attending an ACLT donor registration clinic, you could save the life of little Tabo, Navaeh or one of the many thousands of other patients who require bone marrow transplants. If you are between 18 and 49 and of African, African-Caribbean, mixed race or ethnic minority race, please find time to register. It could be the most important and rewarding thing you ever do in your life."
* The clinic is open between noon and 5pm at Park Lane Methodist Church, in Park Lane, Wembley, on Sunday (March 28).
For more information, visit www.aclt.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8240 4480.