Rotaractors help by giving blood

A blood drive in Jamaica led to a group of Rotaractors in Grand Cayman rolling up their sleeves and donating blood at the Cayman Islands Hospital Blood Bank.

Earlier this month, members of the Rotaract Club of Grand Cayman donated the blood in support of an island-wide blood drive the Rotaract Club of Saint Andrew hosted in Jamaica.

The aim of the drive was to collect 200 units of blood between the Rotaract Club of Grand Cayman and the Rotaract Clubs of Saint Andrew, Montego Bay, Savanna-la-Mar and Mandeville in Jamaica.

“Blood cannot be manufactured; it can only come from volunteer donors from the community. One pint of blood can save up to three lives,” said Andrea Balderamos, community service director. “The Rotaract Club of Grand Cayman wants to encourage everyone who can do, to donate blood; it is literally in you to give. The potential to save lives is both gratifying and humbling.”

Although some of the club members are regular donors, there were some first-timers giving blood, and they said they plan to become regular donors.

Donors may give blood every 16 weeks.