Tuesday, March 22, 2016

LASCO Ambassadors create a life line for the National Blood Bank

LASCO Ambassadors - LASCO/NAJ Nurse of the Year 2015-2016, Treveen Palmer-Miller, LASCO/JCF Police Officer of the Year 2015-2016, Det. Sgt. Ava Lindo and LASCO/MoE Principal of the Year 2015-2016, Kandi-Lee Crooks-Smith - led their fellow civil servants in raising 95 units of blood for the National Blood Transfusion Service Jamaica (Blood Bank).

Of the 95 units collected, on Friday, March 11, 86 units came from the Police Officers' Club site and 9 from the alternative sites in Montego Bay, Mandeville, St Ann's Bay, and Port Antonio. Keishawna Pinnock, assistant blood drive organizer for the Blood Bank, assured that the donor numbers were exemplary for the one-day drive dubbed 'Drop of Love', as the major donor site, UWI Mona campus, generally collects 200-250 units over a two-day drive.

"This undertaking, the first of its kind for LASCO awardees, can be heralded as a benchmark for future collaborations.  Civil servants in their large numbers gave great support to the cause, and we are indebted to our soldiers, police officers, nurses and teachers who selflessly donated blood," stated Pinnock. "We can only hope that other groups will shortly follow the great example set by our LASCO awardees to give well-needed support in the future." 

(L-R) Runner-up for LASCO/MoE Teacher of the Year 2015/2016, Donna Reid, LASCO/MoE Principal of the Year 2015-2016, Kandi-Lee Crooks-Smith and LASCO/JCF Police Officer of the Year 2015-2016, Det. Sgt. Ava Lindo share a laugh with Minister of State for National Security, Senator Pearnel Charles Jnr, during at the LASCO Ambassador Blood Drive held on Friday, March 11 at the Police Officers Club.

For LASCO Nurse of the Year 2015-2016, Treveen Palmer-Miller, participating in the blood drive was a matter of principle.

"The fundamental principles of nursing speak to restoring health, alleviating suffering and preserving life," explained Palmer-Miller. "This one event encapsulates all of that. Going beyond the call of duty is second nature as a LASCO Ambassador, but if I can save one life every year it would mean one less broken home, which often goes on to impact the health sector, the education sector, as well as safety and security."

The LASCO Nurse, Principal and Police Officer of the Year received additional support from Donna Reid, runner-up for LASCO/MoE Teacher of the Year 2015/2016, who participated in the day's activities. LASCO Brand Manager Renee Rose lauded the LASCO Ambassadors and the camaraderie they demonstrated whilst alluding to the relevance and impact of the corporate programmes.

"The level of passion and professionalism displayed by the ambassadors at the blood drive truly validated the need to give due recognition to our civil servants," stated Rose. "They, like our Hon. Lascelles Chin, truly value Jamaica and its people and work tirelessly to contribute to the nations' growth. We look forward to future collaborations of a similar nature."

LASCO continues to urge members of the public and civil servants to donate blood at the collection sites islandwide. They include UHWI, The Blood Bank, Port Antonio Hospital, St. Ann's Bay Hospital, Falmouth Hospital, Cornwall Regional Hospital, Savannah-la-mar Hospital, Mandeville Hospital, May Pen Hospital, and National Chest Hospital on Saturdays from 9am-3pm.

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