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Red Cross Pleads For More Blood Donors

  The blood drive organised by Red Cross Fiji yesterday underlines the role everyone can play in helping others during emergencies by giving blood World Blood Donor Day is celebrated
15 Jun 2017 11:00
Red Cross Pleads For More Blood Donors
Fiji Red Cross Society director, Filipe Nainoca and Regional CommCommunication delegates from IFRC, Corrine Ambler, with garland surrounded by the Fiji Red Cross volunteers, at Damodar City Car Park on June 14, 2017. Photo: Lusiana Tuimaisala

 

The blood drive organised by Red Cross Fiji yesterday underlines the role everyone can play in helping others during emergencies by giving blood

World Blood Donor Day is celebrated June 14 every year.

The Red Cross and its partners mark this day to thank blood donors throughout the world who are saving lives every day by giving the valuable gift of blood.

The day is also a day to encourage more to give blood voluntarily and regularly.

The theme of this year’s World Blood Donor Day is “What Can You Do? Give Blood, Give Now, Give Often.”

In Suva yesterday the blood drive was held at the Damodar City car park in Raiwai.

Communication delegate from the International Federation Red Cross, chief guest Corrine Ambler, made a plea for regular donations so that  blood stock is sufficient should an emergency arise.

“More than 100 million units of blood are collected globally each year. It is used not only for surgery but also to help with pregnancy-related complications, burn patients, children with complications from dengue fever and trauma-related cases,” Ms Ambler said.

“At my Suva office I sit next to a man who has donated blood almost 100 times, imagine how many lives he has saved,” Ms Ambler said.

“Any healthy person can do it. It’s a gift that costs you nothing except your time as our bodies are capable of replacing the volume of blood you have lost quite quickly.”

“It’s such a simple but effective action that each and everyone of us can take.”

Moreover she said the IFRC and Red Crescent Societies would like to encourage healthy people to become donors, and for existing donors to donate more often. Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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