Today’s Editorial June 14: World Blood Donor Day

Want to do something that will make you fell good about yourself today?

Roll up your sleeves, head to the Government hospital, find the blood bank and give.

Today is World Blood Donor Day.

It’s a day set aside to make us all aware that the life-giving fluid that courses the veins in each of us is in short supply globally. It’s also a day to recognize the unsung heroes who give blood as a matter of habit.

The Cayman Islands is no different than any other country in the world in that our blood bank is never full.

Donors are needed not just today, but every day.

By making a trek to the blood bank today, you may be saving the life of a stranger or, more likely in our small country, the life of someone you know.

Millions of people owe their lives to people they will never meet; people who donate their blood freely and without any reward.

But many people throughout the world don’t yet have access to safe blood.

Caymanians do.

World Blood Donor Day builds on the success of World Health Day 2000, which was devoted to the theme Blood Saves Lives. Safe Blood Starts With Me.

The enthusiasm and energy with which this day was celebrated worldwide indicated that there would be a positive response to an opportunity to give thanks to the millions of people who give the precious gift of life. It also builds on International Blood Donor Day organized annually by the International Federation of Blood Donor Organizations since 1995.

World Blood Donor Day 2006 will focus on commitment: commitment from healthy individuals to become regular voluntary unpaid blood donors, commitment from existing voluntary donors to continue to donate regularly and commitment by blood transfusion services and partner organizations to provide the highest standards of care at every stage of the transfusion process – from the collection of blood from the donor to its transfusion to the patient.

Giving blood is painless and only takes a few minutes of time out of your busy day.

But it is time well spent and it could be your donation that determines whether someone in need of blood lives or dies.

On this World Blood Donor Day give the gift of life. It’s free and you’ll feel better about yourself.

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