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Sandals Lifeline

Sandals Resorts International partner in successful blood drive

Thursday, May 01, 2014    

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MONTEGO BAY, St James

SANDALS Resorts International (SRI) in conjunction with the National Blood Transfusion Service (the Blood Bank) has successfully staged a two-part "Sandals Lifeline 2014" blood collection drive at the resort chain's head office located in Montego Bay.

Encouraging team members to play their part in donating the life-saving fluid, Sandals has joined the national effort to increase the Blood Bank's coffers with the collection of over 25 pints of blood during its two-day staging on April 15 and 29.

Blood Donor Organiser for the National Transfusion Service, Odean Black applauded the effort, noting its significance. "Sandals Resorts International through its Sandals Lifeline, encourages other corporate groups to participate in blood donations. It is also important and significant for companies like Sandals to participate in blood drives as it is an international organisation and blood donation benefits everyone -- visitors and locals alike," said Black.

Through the Sandals Lifeline initiative, continued partnership with the Blood Bank will see visits throughout the resort chain's group to promote the importance of giving back through blood donations.

Mark Pike, programmes manager at SRI and Sandals Lifeline donor commented, "I am happy to play a part and contribute to the nationwide effort. Replenishing the country's blood banks is just one way we can save a life. You will never know how important it is until you, or someone close to you is in need, and there is a shortage in the banks; it is therefore vital that we all donate, as long as we are qualified to do so."

With the estimated annual blood transfusion need in Jamaica at 60,000 units, the Sandals Lifeline initiative will move into the second phase of its blood drive in the coming weeks -- targeting more team members to become donors and providing continued support for the National Blood Transfusion Service local hospitals and ultimately saving of lives.

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