TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- Junior Chamber International (JCI) Tuguegarao Ybanag aims to collect over 500 bags a day in their first-ever #ChooseLife Inter-collegiate Blood Olympics at the People’s Gymnasium here on Wednesday, April 11, to Friday, April 13.
Students from Cagayan State University, University of Cagayan Valley, International School of Asia and the Pacific, FL Vargas College, and AMA Computer College Tuguegarao will “compete” in donating the most number of blood bags.
The champion school will win P20,000 while first and second-runners-up will receive P15,000 and P10,000, respectively.
Project Chair Maria Elena Lucero told Forum that the activity seeks to encourage college students to donate voluntarily in bloodletting activities and to make them aware of the value of saving lives, with the theme, “Youth Champions for Voluntary and Regular Blood Donation.”
“Makakatulong sila na mabigyan ng buhay kung sino man yung pasyente na tutulungan nila. Habang bata pa sila, may knowledge na sila na kailangan nilang magdonate ng blood,” Lucero said.
One bag of blood can already save three lives, she added.
The activity is in partnership with the Philippine Information Agency, the Department of Health, Tuguegarao City Government, Cagayan Valley Medical Center (CVMC), and Divine Mercy Wellness Center.
High demand for blood
JCI’s Maria Teresa Duarte said the activity also aims to help increase blood deposits in CVMC’s blood bank, noting the high demand for blood.
“Dito sa mangyayaring activity, pinupush naming magkaroon na maraming makuhang blood deposits para sa future na pangangailangan ay magamit ito [and to] save more lives,” Duarte added.
JCI said that an average of 75 people daily are requesting for blood bags, and that only six out of 10 successfully avail bags.
In October 2017, CVMC said the number of blood donors is increasing but the demand in CVMC is also increasing.
The World Health Organization stated that 1.3 million Filipinos should donate blood. However, in 2016, only 900,000 donated.
With this, JCI Tuguegarao Ybanag along with partner agencies are encouraging the public to donate blood in order to save lives. Northernforum.net