The Vampire Cup (VC) campaign is an international blood donation drive.
How was the Vampire Cup born?
The Vampire Cup was first organized by the National Australian Pharmaceutical Students’ Association (NAPSA) in 2006-07 as a blood donation competition between local associations. Pharmacy students donated their blood at the Australian Red Cross Blood Service blood bank or at a donation bus provided by the Red Cross on the university campus.
At the end of the event, the total blood donation of each local association was reported to the NAPSA National Council, with the winner announced during their national congress.
IPSF saw great potential in this event and with the approval of NAPSA, Vampire Cup was launched globally. The idea is that each country launches the Vampire Cup just like in Australia. Now the Vampire Cup is an international blood donation competition among all the IPSF associations, being the only official campaign for Humanitarian and Human Rights.
Regular and Live Vampire Cup
The Live Vampire Cup focuses on the units of blood donated during three specific days (including World Blood Donor Day on June 14). Blood donations are reported as they are received.
Member associations can participate in the Regular Vampire Cup anytime between July 1 of the current year to June 30 of the following year. This longer window allows members to organise one or more donation drives during which a running tally for the units of blood can be tracked.
Vampire Cup results in 2016-17
14 associations took part of both competitions Regular and Live Vampire Cup.
For the Regular Vampire Cup, 13 associations participated and a total of 4217 blood units were collected. For the Live Vampire Cup, 2 associations participated and a total of 108 blood units were collected.
The total number of blood units collected by IPSF in both the Regular and Live Vampire Cup between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017 is therefore 4325 blood units.
To request our Vampire Cup toolkit or simply if you need more information, feel free to contact our Humanitarian Coordinator at [email protected] and our Chairperson of Public Health at [email protected]