Corporate Hands: LASCO Ambassadors promote blood drive
"Give a drop of love", is the call from the reigning LASCO Ambassadors LASCO-Nurse's Association of Jamaica Nurse of the Year, Treveen Palmer; LASCO-Ministry of Education Principal of the Year Kandi-Lee Crooks-Smith; and LASCO-Jamaica Constabulary Force Police Officer of the Year Detective Sergeant Ava Lindo.
The collaborated effort of the three, which culminated at a blood drive held recently at the Police Officers' Club, is in aid of National Blood Transfusion Service, also called the Blood Bank.
The drive, which Lindo said is dear to her heart, was further boosted by the support of the 2016-2017 LASCO-JCF Police Officer of the Year finalists, whose week of activities ran from March 6 to 10.
"I have a rare blood type, so I know the importance of giving blood," revealed Lindo. "Plus, I recognise the acute shortage of blood currently faced by the National Blood Transfusion Service, and wanted to give back."
The drive aims to collect 500 units from across the island. Donations will also be collected at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in St James, St Ann's Bay Hospital in St Ann, Port Antonio Hospital in Portland, and Mandeville Regional Hospital in Manchester.
"Look beyond the needle; the prick is for a short time," said Keishawna Pinnock, assistant blood drive organiser at the Blood Bank. "People need to know that giving one unit of blood can save three lives."
The units collected at the 'Drop of Love' blood drive will increase the donor pool and boost the assistance given to hospitals and health centres served by the Bood Bank.
For the potential donors who are concerned about the viruses - chikungunya, Zika, H1N1, and dengue - there is no way they can be transmitted during the process.
"We have trained the collectors to investigate at the screening process. We are taking extra precautions. While we are taking your blood pressure, pulse and weight, we will ask about recent travel and how you are feeling in general," explained Pinnock.