World Blood Donor Day aims to help build a culture of voluntary non-remunerated blood donation (VNRBD),and raise awareness of the need for regular blood dona-tions to ensure the availability of safe, high quality blood on demand. It is also an opportunity to thank past and present voluntary non-remunerated blood donors for their life-saving gift of blood.
The Cook Islands has a 100 per cent voluntary non-remunerated blood donation system which is the cornerstone of a safe and sustainable blood supply.
For many years the Cook Islands Red Cross has been supporting the Ministry of Health in promoting the importance of 100 per cent voluntary non-remunerated blood donation to maintain a quality and adequate supply of blood products.
Blood is most precious to human life and the blood you donate gives someone another chance at life.
The life you save may be a close relative, a friend, a loved one or even your own.
Cook Islands Red Cross would like to thank and acknowledge those who have volunteered to donate blood and those that will be donating in the future.
As part of reaching its mission goal of growing ‘a resilient Cook Islands through the power of humanity’, the Cook Islands Red Cross Society launched its “Vision 1000 for Resilience” statement to boost its efforts to reach the magic 1000 number in measurable ways across six key focus areas, including blood donation.
Red Cross aims to use its role in coordinating the efforts of people in the blood drive division raise the profile of this important work to lift the number of blood donors to 1000 as well as building on existing volunteer numbers to 1000.
“Volunteers are our most precious assets,” says Cook Islands Red Cross Society secretary general Tuitupou-Arnold.
“They are the foundation in which we build all our work.”
Red Cross will also work on growing its already successful First Aid programme and through its partnership with the Ministry of Health, the society pledges to reach 1000 households through its community healthcare initiatives with special emphasis on the elderly and disabled.
With its long history as a first responder in times of disaster, Red Cross aims to reach 1000 households with comprehensive programmes to build disaster prepared-ness.
Acknowledging the era of climate and environmental change, Red Cross aims to reach out to 1000 homes and get the important conversation started about adapting to the changing environment n ways that build long term resilience.
If you would like to be a Red Cross volunteer or be trained in First Aid, become a regular blood donor or just want to find out more about the humanitarian society – visit the team at the Red Cross headquarters in Tupapa.
“Your blood saved my life. Share life, give blood.”
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