Miss Kitty to host blood drive

July 06, 2017
Khadine 'Miss Kitty' Hylton
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Popular media personality Miss Kitty is hoping to save some lives with her latest initiative.

The 'Fluffy Diva' will be hosting a blood drive tomorrow at Mandela Park in Half-Way Tree, St Andrew, and is hoping to raise 1,000 units of blood for the National Blood Transfusion Service.

"Blood literally saves lives and because of the lack of blood or the low volume of blood, a lot of surgeries have to be postponed and a lot of people die. I think that many times we sit down and we complain and we mope about situations. But how are we trying to fix it? How are we trying to contribute to solutions? I decided to use my platform to try and see how I could bring about change," she told THE STAR.

Miss Kitty said the blood drive is also aimed at raising awareness among Jamaicans about the need to donate blood.

"We want to get the blood, but we also want to raise awareness around the issue of giving blood. It's not as painful as a lot of people would probably think, and it is important that people know that," she explained.

"There is a lot of misconception surrounding the giving of blood that often becomes the truth. Something like giving blood is not seen as glamorous or cool and I think that we need to make the things that are edifying and uplifting to people, we need to make them cool and fun."

The National Blood Transfusion Service said that the collaboration with Miss Kitty speaks to the public-private partnership, which is encouraged by the Ministry of Health.

"The campaign underlines the role every single person can play in helping others in emergency situations by giving the valuable gift of blood. It also focuses on the fact that it is important to give blood regularly, so that the blood stock is sufficient before an emergency arises," the blood bank said.

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