Corporate Hands: Rotoract gives blood

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April 04, 2016
Contributed From left: LASCO Distributors Marketing Manager, Kelia-Gaye Dunbar; Assistant Commissioner of Police, Bishop Dr Gary Welsh; LASCO/NAJ Nurse of the Year 2015-2016, Treveen Palmer-Miller; President of the Nurse Association of Jamaica, Janet Coore-Farr; LASCO/JCF Police Officer of the Year 2015-2016, Det. Sgt. Ava Lindo and LASCO/Ministry of Education Principal of the Year Kandi-Lee Crooks-Smith pose at the LASCO Ambassador Blood Drive on March 11 at the Police Officers' Club.
Contributed Blood Bank Assistant, Keishawna Pinnock (left), LASCO Distributors Marketing Manager, Kelia-Gaye Dunbar (right) and LASCO/JCF Police Officer of the Year 2015-2016, Det. Sgt. Ava Lindo, laugh as Assistant Commissioner of Police, Bishop Dr Gary Welsh reads from a pamphlet at a screening station during the LASCO Ambassador Blood Drive on March 11 at the Police Officers Club.
Contributed Volunteers with the Rotaract Club of St Andrew (RCSA) donating blood during the 'Blood & Can Drive' on March 12 at the National Chest Hospital. Club president, Melissa Whyte (standing in the background) and nurse Clareceta Henry (standing in the centre) look on. 
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March 7 to 14 was globally celebrated as World Rotaract Week for 2016.

For the week, members of the Rotaract Club of St Andrew - a professional-service, leadership and community-service organisation comprising young adults between the ages 18 and 30 - conducted numerous projects with the aim of giving back to communities in the Corporate Area. Their major activity for the week was on March 12 with their first biannual 'Blood & Can Drive' at the National Chest Hospital in St Andrew.

Melissa Whyte, club president, said they chose to give blood, along with others they encouraged to on the day, because the act is just as important as giving monetary contributions and gifts to the needy in our society.

There is always a great demand for blood in our society. It is very important that members of the society, who are able to give blood, should do so. Road accident victims, people who undergo surgeries and people in need of blood transfusions are always in need of blood. The club also collected canned food, which will be donated to the Balcombe Drive Primary and Junior High School's breakfast programme for children who cannot afford a hot meal in the morning.

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