World Blood Donor Day
In order to cooperate with the World Health Organization (WHO), the Global Embassy of Activists for Peace (GEAP) celebrated World Blood Donor Day in the Republic of Colombia on June 14..
The purpose of this celebration is to thank voluntary blood donors for their valuable contribution and sensitize all citizens about the vital importance that society has to donate blood regularly.
In 13 cities, of 12 departments of the country, different events were held to recognize the altruistic act of hundreds of people when donating blood; since a single donation can save several lives.
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The event closed with the senior group of San Antonio and Santa Lucía, and their youth promotion group, the Tuna of Santo Tomás University and the Orchestra of the First Brigade of the National Army.
In the department of Huila, the usual donors, the medical staff of the blood bank, the Activists for Peace and other attendees enjoyed an afternoon full of folklore from Huila with rajaleñas, dances and theater.
The Erasmo Meoz Hospital in Cúcuta joined the festival and the recognition of the usual donors, where the GEAP participated as an institution that promotes voluntary blood donation.
In Cali, the tribute was made through musical presentations and plays where they explained to the participants everything related to myths, as well as the advantages of voluntary blood donation, in order to sensitize them to perform this important altruistic act.
Afterwards, the event was opened, where the blood banks, accompanied by the District Health Department, thanked the donors for this valuable action.
The GEAP prepared a blood drive in the Congress of the Republic, with the Mayor of Bogota.
The general secretary of the Congress, Gregorio Eljach Pacheco; Senators Humphrey Roa Sarmiento and Jorge Eliécer Prieto, among other representatives, supported this kind act. The closure was in charge of the GEAP Symphony Orchestra in Colombia.
People who donated for the first time expressed their satisfaction in performing this altruistic act, such as student Vanessa Quintero, who said that her motivation is to help other people.
The celebration of World Blood Donor Day and blood drives are part of the actions established in the Integral Program: Life is in the Blood.
This project is developed by the GEAP in more than 20 countries, with the aim of creating a culture of voluntary, altruistic and habitual donation of safe blood, which allows supplying this vital liquid tissue to health institutions of the country