Company staff applauded for rolling up sleeves and donating blood – The Royal Gazette

Created: June 15, 2022 07:38

Butterfield and Vallis receive their award for winning the Corporate Blood Drive competition. (Photograph provided)

A company has been applauded for answering the call for blood donations by winning the ninth annual corporate blood drive competition.

A spokeswoman for the Bermuda Hospitals Board said Butterfield and Vallis beat out 14 other local businesses that took part in the initiative.

Eyitayo Fakunle, Consultant Hematologist at BHB, said, “Each of the 15 competing companies is to be applauded.

“Every donation is a donation we need, and just by participating, they are helping their employees to come and donate.

“The past two years have been very difficult for individuals and businesses, and your continued support of blood donation has helped us maintain our blood supply and save lives in Bermuda.”

As part of World Blood Donor Day today, Butterfield and Vallis were presented with the trophy by Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health, along with Ayoola Oyinloye, the Chief Medical Officer, Wesley Miller, Chief of Staff of the BHB, and members of the Bermuda Blood Donor Center team.

Terri Durrant, publicity manager and president of wellbeing at Butterfield and Vallis, said the company and its staff are passionate about supporting blood donation.

She added: “Congratulations and thank you to all my colleagues who have rolled up their sleeves this year to donate blood.

“For some, it took a long time to find the courage to donate, but now they are regulars.

“We look forward to strong competition in the coming year and are determined to make it a double.”

Other companies that participated include AF Smith, Ascots, Axis, Bermuda Monetary Authority, BF&M, Conyers, Fidelity, FIL, Freisenbruch, Lancashire, Liberty, Marsh McLennan, the Department of Public Works and Renaissance Re.

Lucy Correia, phlebotomist nurse at the Blood Donor Centre, said: “We are so grateful to every company and to everyone who donates.”

Companies interested in entering the competition can email [email protected] or call 236-5067.

Last week, the BHB warned that the number of blood donors was not keeping pace with the growing need for transfusions.

Dr Fakunle said there were nearly 2,000 blood transfusions last year, up from 1,590 in 2017, an increase of 26%.

Meanwhile, the number of blood donors has increased from 1,002 to 1,081, an increase of 8%.

In an effort to support blood donation, the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club has announced that those who have donated blood in the past year will be entered into a raffle for prizes including a hotel stay and a champagne brunch.

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