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In true form to mark World Blood Donor Day and to recognise donors, Cook Islands Red Cross Society is hosting a blood drive at their office today with extra special refreshments to mark the occasion.
There are approximately 260 registered blood donors in
the Cook Islands.
Rose Winters, Cook Islands Red Cross Society first aid
coordinator and communications officer said, “the Cook Islands has a 100 per
cent voluntary non-remunerated blood donation (VNRBD) system, meaning that all
donors are volunteers and not paid for blood or plasma.”
Red Cross has had an average of two blood drives per
month in 2023 and so far 106 units of blood has been donated this year.
Winters said the most common blood types in the Cook
Islands are A+ & O+, blood types like A-, AB-, AB+, O-, B- and B+ are rarer
in the Cook Islands, O- blood type is a universal donor and AB+ blood type is a
“Anyone in good health can donate from the ages of
16-60 years old,” said Winters.
“The Moana Sands Group in particular has shown support
of the blood donation program recently, hosting us there for blood drives and
encouraging their staff to be blood donors. Big thanks to their management and
June 14 is celebrated annually as World Blood Donor
Day - dedicated to recognising the importance of giving blood and to thanking
The theme of this year’s World Blood Donor Day is ‘Give
Blood, Give Plasma, Share Life, Share Often’.
Donating blood is one of the simplest, quickest ways
to save someone’s life, or improve someone’s health.
It only takes 15-20 minutes to donate blood, men can
donate every four months and women can donate every six months.
Blood transfusions can be required for patients that
have been in a vehicle accident, mothers who have just given birth, and for
supportive care during surgery.
If you are interested in becoming a blood donor or you
would like more information about the programme please call Red Cross on 22598
or email Rose Winters at email@example.com