Be a hero, give blood

For World Blood Donor Day on Thursday, 14 June, the Health Services Authority is urging Cayman residents to be heroes and give blood.

The theme of this year’s World Blood Donor Day is “Every blood donor is a hero”.

“Celebrating the act of blood donation is important because, put simply, it saves lives,” said Health Services Authority CEO Lizzette Yearwood.

“Around the world there is a critical need for blood donation,” she said. “This is certainly true for us in Cayman where our hospitals rely on blood donation to assist in their daily practice of saving lives.”

She added: “Blood donors come from all walks of life, all ethnicities, religions and ages. It is through their selfless donation that the lives of countless patients have been saved. We believe that the theme of this year’s campaign by [the World Health Organisation] is extremely fitting because in our minds, as medical practitioners, every blood donor is indeed a hero and we sincerely thank them.”

Throughout the globe, countries are organising events and activities to celebrate World Blood Donor Day, from football matches to free concerts, when blood donors will be recognised for their vital contribution.

Ms. Yearwood says the Health Services Authority encourages all Cayman residents who are able, to give blood at the Cayman Islands Hospital.

“We are sincerely grateful to our regular donors who may donate dozens of times in their lifetime and we especially encourage young people to come and donate for the first time,” she said.

The launch of World Blood Donor Day took place on 14 June, 2004 in Johannesburg, South Africa.