IN LINE with the celebration of 500 years of Christianity, the Archdiocese of Cebu tapped the Philippine Red Cross and Red Heroes PH to launch “Gifted to Give: 500 bags and beyond.”
This project is a blood drive initiative to involve the youth in donating at least 500 blood bags considering the decrease of the blood supply in blood banks.
Rian Mae Manliguez, lead advocate of Red Heroes PH, said many blood drives have been canceled due to the imposed quarantine protocol, resulting in the depletion of blood supply.
She said while the supply is running low, the demand for blood is still increasing.
Red Heroes PH is a network of blood donors that aims to intensify the awareness on the importance of donating blood.
Manliguez said: “Many young have been engaging in many advocacies nowadays by giving from their own pockets. Blood donation gives them a true sense of self-sacrifice. This hopes to unlock the youth’s potential in saving a life.”
Dr. Stanley Cameniro, chairman of the board of the Philippine Red Cross-Cebu Chapter, said that since they have fallen too short of blood supply, they can accumulate up to 10,000 blood bags.
Cameniro said: “This time of Covid crisis, I hope this will deepen our sense of gratitude because millions have died all over the world. Now that we are left alive, maybe giving blood is the first step to showing our gratitude and to the extension of our life.”
The blood drive will start on Oct. 23, 2020, at the Archbishop’s Residence.
The date also commemorates the beatification San Pedro Calungsod, whose life has given an empathic significance to the advocacy.
The bloodletting will be conducted by district and eight districts of the Cebu Diocesan Youth Coordinating Council will host and facilitate.
The first event is in collaboration with the first district youth leaders and each district aims to accumulate at least 50 blood bags.
Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, in his speech, said red is the color of the holy spirit and is also the symbol of love, courage from the heart and renewal.
He said the feasting color of San Pedro Calungsod and San Lorenzo Ruiz is red because they are martyrs.
“They shed their blood and therefore the spread of faith,” said Palma.
As the youth are considered as the frontliners of this project, Palma said this project will not only inspire the youth but
“Hopefully, we save 500 bags but I have no doubt we will reach more than 500,” Palma said.
With the risk of Covid-19 transmission, Palma understands that generally, people will be afraid to donate blood. However, he clarified that donating blood will not endanger the life of the donor.
“Donating blood is more meaningful than our own fear,” said Palma. (KFD)