COK & Blood Bank partner in three-day collection initiative

by / Tuesday, 06 June 2017 / Published in Latest posts, News
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Mr. Igol Allen, Blood Donor Organizer at the National Blood Transfusion Service with COK Sodality Co-operative Credit Union CEO Ambassador Aloun Ndombet-Assamba.

COK Sodality Credit Union is collaborating with the National Blood Transfusion Service (Blood Bank) to significantly increase the amount of blood supply available to Jamaicans in need of critical care island-wide.

The initiative, which will span three days, will be launched on Wednesday June 14 – World Blood Donor Day – at the Golf View Hotel in Mandeville, and will provide COK members and Staff, as well as other Jamaicans in that parish, with the opportunity to donate blood – the precious life-saving fluid.

COK will hold a second blood donation drive on Friday June 23rd in Kingston at the St. Luke’s Church Hall, 89 Slipe Road; and a third on Tuesday, July 25th at the Fresh Bread Ministries, 40 Market Street in Montego Bay.

Chief Executive Officer of COK, Ambassador Aloun Ndombet-Assamba said that the three-day blood drive forms part of COK’s efforts to deepen its relationship with its members and stakeholders island-wide, as the Credit Union marks its 50th anniversary.

She expressed the hope that the drive will result in more Jamaicans volunteering to donate blood in order to address the challenges faced by the Blood Bank. “The initiative also reinforces the timeless credit union creed of ‘people helping people’” CEO Ndombet-Assamba asserted.

In welcoming the COK three-day initiative, the Blood Bank’s Donor Organiser, Mr. Igol Allen commended COK for extending its blood collection drive beyond World Blood Donor Day. He noted that while CEO Ndombet-Assamba served as High Commissioner to London she successfully spearheaded an initiative within the Jamaican Diaspora for the donation of a mobile blood collection unit. He said this unit continues to serve the Blood Bank well.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) describes the donation of blood as the gift of life –  “the most precious gift anyone can give to another person.”

Hospitals in Jamaica rely on a steady supply of blood for trauma patients and newborns with complications necessitating blood transfusion, as well as a range of other critical procedures including surgery.