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General Accident Blood Drive Draws Young Blood

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National Blood Transfusion Service Representative, Tanika Dewar- Taffe (standing left) explains the blood donation process to Musson Foundation Chairperson Melanie Subratie (standing middle) General Accident Insurance Company (Jamaica) (GenAc) CEO Sharon Donaldson ( middle) while GenAc Motor Underwriting Supervisor Wendy Clarke-Gayle donates.

With 62 units of blood in the bag, June 15 marked another successful year of blood donations at General Accident Insurance Company’s annual blood drive.

The GenAc Blood Drive, held each year in June, recognizes the life-saving gifts of blood on World Blood Donor Day (celebrated on June 14). Staff, customers and passersby alike joined in support and donated a record-breaking 62 units of the lifesaving substance. Topping the 50 units collected last year.

This year’s drive not only saw an uptick in registered participants but also an increased number of young participants. One such participant, Kyle Lawrence made it his mission to overcome his past traumatic experience with needles and donate.

General Accident staff member Kyle Lawrence, proudly displays his gift of life at the General Accident Blood Drive hosted at the Company’s head office in Kingston on June 15.

“This is my first time donating and it wasn’t bad. The technician was friendly, and we just talked like normal. That made me feel comfortable,” the 19-year-old Filing and Mail Clerk shared.

After passing the blood donor eligibility pretesting process 27-year-old Jovan Roper was excited to know he was strong enough to be able to donate again.
“I know several people in recent years who have needed blood and I wasn’t able to donate. A few of my friends were coming to the Genac Blood Drive and I decided to join because I know it’s going to a good cause,” Roper explained.

This year’s General Accident annual blood drive was done in partnership with the Musson Foundation, and the National Blood Transfusion Service (Blood Bank) and supported by Facey Commodity.

Musson Foundation Chairperson Melanie Subratie (left) General Accident Insurance Company (Jamaica) (GenAc) CEO Sharon Donaldson ( middle) and Chief Information Officer Lesley Miller (right) have a discussion during the Genac Blood Drive held on June 15 at 58 Half Way Tree Road.

“We had high hopes for this year’s turnout to exceed the previous staging and we’re happy to report that the blood drive was a success. We are grateful to everyone who took the time to visit our offices to donate. Your contribution will make a difference in many lives,” remarked General Accident Managing Director Sharon Donaldson

The general insurance company continues to offer support to national development through health, education and protection of the environment.

Under this year’s theme ‘Donating blood is an act of solidarity,’ the World Health Organisation (WHO) calls on the global community to strengthen its efforts in advocating the critical contribution voluntary, unpaid blood donors make to national health systems. The WHO reiterates ‘the need for blood is universal, but access to blood for all those who need it is not’.