Giving blood is not all about helping save another person’s life. In fact, a single donation saves the lives of up to three people. Surprisingly, there are a few health perks for the blood donor too. First off, your blood may flow better. A study found out that blood donors are 88% less likely to suffer a heart attack. Second, you’ll get a mini check-up. The screenings will check your pulse, temperature, hemoglobin levels and blood pressure, and will also undergo different tests for infectious diseases. Lastly, your iron levels will stay balanced. Whenever you donate a unit of blood, you also lose a quarter of a gram of iron which is replenished from the food you intake a few weeks post donation.
If that’s not enough motivation then check this out. This year, three lucky donors will receive Php 5,000 worth of travel vouchers at the Donate Blood Save Life 2018 Campaign of the International Cabin Attendant Training School (ICATS) in Pasig City on the 28th of September.
Held in partnership with the Philippine Red Cross, the campaign aims to promote awareness about blood donation and its importance in preserving life. It starts at 9 a.m. at Unit 907-A East Tower of the Philippine Stock Exchange Center along Exchange Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. This year’s theme is “Share the gift of life.”
“The event is part of our corporate social responsibility and is our way of giving back to the community. We invite everyone to join this worthwhile endeavor. This is your chance to help others and feel good at the same time,” according to Lou Aseron, ICATS marketing head.
In addition to getting a free medical checkup and knowing their blood type, hemoglobin level, and blood pressure, donors will receive freebies and giveaways. Prior to donating blood, they will be interviewed and examined to know if they are qualified. Free food and souvenirs will also be provided during the event.
What’s more, donors will automatically join the raffle draw and get a chance to win P5,000 worth of gift vouchers from Aliah Travel and Tours. Guests will have until 5 p.m. to submit their donor vouchers that serve as their raffle coupons at the front desk. Three lucky winners will be drawn at 5:30 p.m.
Donors must be between 18 to 60 years old, weigh at least a 110 pounds or about 50 kilograms, and have a normal body temperature. They should have a blood pressure of 90 – 160/60 – 100 mmHg and a pulse rate between 50 to 200 beats per minute. They must also pass a routine check for hemoglobin. Teenagers as young as 16 can donate blood if they are allowed by their parents.
“Have enough rest and at least five hours of sleep if you intend to donate blood. Avoid alcohol 12 to 24 hours before the procedure and no surgery within the year or body piercing or tattoos for the last 12 months. Donors must be physically healthy with no sexually transmitted diseases,” Aseron explained.
Make a difference today. Donate blood and help others live. For more information, call 470-7523, 0917-8222366 or 0939-9144309. You can also check out https://www.facebook.com/events/521374688312684/.