RAGCOM-NM conducts bloodletting activity
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Aug. 11 -- The Regional Association of Government Communicators Northern Mindanao (RAGCOM-NM) recently conducted a blood donation activity in Cagayan de Oro City dubbed “GIVE so others may LIVE” A Bloodletting Activity.
About 93 individuals volunteered, however only 50 of them qualified to donate blood after the medical personnel from the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) examined their health conditions. These 50 bags of blood collected has a total volume of 22,500cc that can save 150 lives in times of emergency, said Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Information Officer Noli dela Rita, a consistent blood donor and a galloner awardee for many times already.
This daylong activity was among the priority projects of the association to address the pressing needs of more blood supply brought about by the ongoing crisis in Marawi where hundreds of soldiers were wounded, said RAGCOM President Merlyn Ybañez. In an interview she reiterated the importance of raising public awareness on bringing back the Filipino value of volunteerism and enliven the spirit of “bayanihan” by way of donating one’s blood.
Ybañez expressed her deepest gratitude foremost to all the blood donors who braved the needles and shared an ounce of their own blood. She also expressed her appreciation to those who, in one way or another have contributed to the huge success of this activity.
“This wouldn’t be possible if not for the vibrant partnership and collective efforts of our sponsors namely: PRC, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, BFP, Philhealth and our collaborator—the Rotary Club Bay Area who brought in quite a number of volunteers,” said Ybañez.
The RAGCOM president is also thankful to the communication allies, media that helped them promote the event.
As its way of thanking the blood donors and partners, RAGCOM offered them a live musical entertainment while the bloodletting was going on. (Amy Baiño,PIO/DAR)