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Save a Life, Be a Blood Donor

Hundreds of patients die every year due to blood loss. That's why donated blood is a lifeline to those people needing long-term treatments. Blood is essential for life: it carries oxygen and nutrients throughout the body, fight infections and heals wounds. Blood is the river of life that keeps us alive.

Accidents happen anytime during the day that put our friends, family and neighbors in danger. From natural disasters to unforeseen catastrophes, emergency hospital procedures to life-long battles with chronic diseases such as sickle cell, the demand for blood is constant. The supply is not. And since there is no substitute, only volunteer blood donors can roll up their sleeves and save lives.

To help address this need, the Diabetes Awareness Group of IKTHUS Villa Angela Chapter spearheaded a blood-letting campaign in coordination with the Trinitarian community. The activity was held last August 21, 2014 at the TCS covered court and was participated by various individuals who unselfishly donated their blood for a good cause. A good number came in and the activity was a success.

To add to this, the organizer also conducted a free random blood sugar testing and a cholesterol count to the IKTHUS members, the TCS teachers and staff and of course some parents were also there to avail the free testing.

A diabetes awareness talk followed at the Little Theater which was conducted by Dr. Marian Joyce Kho, a diabetologist who has been giving talks about the awareness and prevention of this lifestyle disease.

"Diabetes is a major lifestyle disease of the Filipinos. To date, many are still thinking that this is a disease of the rich and famous but they are wrong. Diabetes can affect anyone, rich or poor, young and old. That's why we need to be aware of what this disease is all about and how it can be prevented," Dr. Kho said.

Facilitated by Nurse Joy and the TCS Red Cross advisers, the activity was a success judging from the number of participants in the blood-letting campaign as well as those who availed of the free testing.

Meanwhile, after the day's activities the Red Cross Youth of TCS held their 1st ever overnight camp at the school grounds. This is a series of camps done after each grading period. Early in the afternoon tents were set-up around the covered court by the participants.
They went through a series of lectures about first -aid and life saving measures and some games and fellowship also followed.