June 14 is World Blood Donor Day PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 13 June 2011 15:20

Countries all over the globe will celebrate “World Blood Donor Day” on June 14.
With the theme “More blood. More life,” the celebration is anchored on activities that are geared toward the promotion of awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products.

The theme reinforces the urgent need for more people to become life-savers by volunteering to donate blood regularly.
Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Zamboanga City Chapter joins the world in the international celebration by conducting bloodletting activity on this special event at the Red Cross Youth Hostel (RCYH), Petit Barracks with various sectoral groups expected to join the celebration by blood donation.

“We call on the public to come and join us in the celebration and donate blood to save lives” said Sherwin Abanilla , President, Red Cross Emergency Response Team (RCERT).
Bloodletting starts at 8 o’clock in the morning at the RCYH.

“Every drop of your blood is important. It only takes about an hour out of your busy schedule and it may save a life,” Abanilla said as he encourages “abled” public to donate blood regularly and not just this world blood donor’s day.
“Donate blood, save lives and gain health benefits,” he said.

Abanilla shared “while the most obvious health benefit of donating blood is the wonderful feeling derived from giving something vital to someone who needs it, the benefits of donating blood may extend far beyond this to having a positive impact on the donor’s health.”

Studies have shown, health benefits of blood donation may lower the iron levels in your body every time you give blood, which can help reduce the risk of heart disease.

“Men who donate blood on a regular basis have a lower risk of heart disease. With heart disease being the number one cause of death in males, this is, indeed, an important health benefit of donating blood.” Abanilla explained.

“I myself have been donating blood regularly, and I feel revitalized and healthy with what I am doing. I am in fact a member of the “galloners “club when it comes to the volume of blood donated,” Abanilla revealed.

Give blood to help lower your risk of cancer. According to the Miller Keystone Blood Center, consistent blood donation is associated with lowered risks for cancers including liver, lung, colon, stomach and throat cancers. Risk levels dropped in correlation with how often participants donated blood.

“Florida Blood Services reports that regular blood donors who donate regularly over years have an 88 percent lower risk of heart attacks and a 33 percent lower risk of any severe cardiovascular event, such as a stroke,” shared the active RCERT President.

Donating blood is also a way of replenish your blood. Help your body function more efficiently by allowing it to replenish your blood supply regularly.
Abanilla cited “Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center reports that when you donate blood, your body replaces the blood volume within 48 hours of donation, and all of the red blood cells you lose during donation are completely replaced within four to eight weeks. This process of replenishment can help your body stay healthy and work more efficiently and productively.” — PIA9-Zambo City