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Fae, Red Stripe support for Blood Bank

Published:Sunday | September 14, 2014 | 12:00 AM

The National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS), better known as the 'Blood Bank', received two welcome boosts recently with corporate giants and media doyen, Fae Ellington, putting on blood drives.

Ellington yesterday marked her 40th anniversary in media and journalism with a blood drive dubbed, 'Give your pint today'.

"It was so exhilarating as more than 40 members of the JDF, my media colleagues, including Dionne Jackson-Miller, Durant Pate and others came out," said Ellington.

"I can't tell you yet how much was collected because there is some way to go, but it was a very good day," added Ellington.

For its part, Red Stripe held its most successful blood drive, collecting 104 units of blood under the theme, 'It is in your blood to save a life'.

To incentivise staff and encourage more donors, Red Stripe offered prizes for its team members. Kenisha Ferguson-Johnson won the champion recruiter award as 37 of the 50 persons recruited were successful in donating.

Red Stripe has been doing its annual blood drive for more than 15 years and has collected in excess of 1,000 units. In recognising the partnership with Red Stripe, the NBTS said: "We express our profound gratitude for the very important role you played in saving the lives of our fellow Jamaicans. By partnering with us, we were able to host the most successful blood drive to date. This will directly have a positive effect on the lives of so many persons who are in great need."

In 2013, the NBTS collected 30,000 units of blood, but the yearly demand is twice as much. The NBTS is encouraging individuals to become voluntary non-remunerated donors and benefit from health checks such as haemoglobin estimation and testing for blood-related diseases.