SAN FERNANDO CITY, August 9 (PIA) – The local chapter of Philippine Red Cross here launched recently another program billed “Search for Bloodiest Club” to entice more recruits in the sustained voluntary blood donations.
“Apart from organizing bloodletting activities, local government units, barangays, public and private agencies/organizations and Red Cross Youth councils can now join the Search for the Bloodiest Club,” Michele Bermudez, in-charge for Blood Service, said.
The yearlong search runs from August this year until July next year. Points are earned by the group with the most number of persons who donated blood within said period. Point varies for a female or male member or non-member who will donate for the said organization.
Also, PRC-La Union’s dedicated and committed blood donors, partners, supporters and benefactors were recognized in an awarding ceremony held in a local mall here as part of the culminating program for the Blood Donors’ Month in July.
PRC Chapter Chairman and Provincial Board Member Jonathan Justo A. Orros lauded the nobility of all the blood donors.
“We are grateful to dedicated and committed blood donors who contribute to alleviating suffering of our poor brothers and sisters in the province,” Orros, said.
He added: “For the past two years, a total of 5,075 units of blood were collected and 6,005 units of blood withdrawn, for this year, 1,241 units were already collected, we owe it all to our generous blood donors from the different sectors.”
Donors Yoly Palisoc, Manuel Lucban and Blendie Quiban received the Bronze Award for donating 28 times or a total of 12,600 cubic centimeters of blood, the highest blood donations of an individual.
Meanwhile, 16 blood galloner awardees, who donated nine times or a total of 4,050 cubic centimeters of blood, were also recognized.
A total of 94 other awardees from the local government units and barangays, national agencies, schools and Red Cross Youth councils, non-government organizations and media partners were acknowledged in the said event.
Meanwhile, the La Union Blood Council, in a separate culminating program, likewise recognized towns of San Gabriel, Bauang and Naguilian as the top three municipalities with the most number of blood galloners since 2012. A total of 17 galloners in the province were awarded with plaques. (JNDP/JDS/PIA-1, La Union)