Bukola Bolarinwa is a lawyer and the president of the sickle cell aid foundation. She was born with Sickle Cell Disease, after experiencing the chronic shortage of blood faced by people living with Sickle Cell who need regular transfusions, she joined the Sickle Cell Aid Foundation in 2010 to help raise awareness about the importance of giving blood.
She began a monthly campaign drive in partnership with the National Blood Transfusion Service to try to ensure a regular supply of donated blood, and to help combat cultural fears about giving blood.
In 2015 she set up Haima Health Initiative an online blood donation register which asks young people to register to donate blood in emergency situations. She Started by working with her family and friends to donate to sickle cell patients but demand kept growing and she resolved to make the service available to people in need. During its first year, the register has gained more than 1,000 prospective donors and, through the use of social media and text messaging, linked over 500 donors with patients in urgent need of blood.
Bukola has gained international recognition from the Common Wealth Queens Young Leaders Award 2017,Future Awards 2016 and the Rotary Club Young Volunteers Award