Governor General’s Volunteer Bahamas Blood Drive

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November 23, 2022

A ‘pop-up’ Blood Drive with the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) was held on NationalVolunteer Day at the Mall at Marathon by the Governor General’s Volunteer Bahamas,led by His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Cornelius Smith.

Chartered Accountant, Lindsey Cancino, the Volunteer Bahamas chairman said that theneed for blood donations is constant and as such, there is never enough ways toencourage people to give blood and save lives.

“There are always many community needs but on November 19 th , National VolunteerDay we opted to partner with PMH to help boost the Blood Bank reserve,” said Mr.Cancino. “And I was gratified that we managed to engage several first time doners andwe hope they will become regulars.”

The Governor General attended and spoke to those donating blood and many of thevolunteers. A group of youngsters from St. Barnabas Anglican Church aided inpromoting the Blood Drive throughout the Mall.

The Governor General’s personal life-long belief and promotion of volunteerism in all itsmany guises, steered the formation in 2019 of an NGO called The Governor General’sVolunteer Bahamas. An online site is under development that will allow new volunteersto select a cause or event where they would like to be involved. Volunteer Bahamas willhelp match volunteers with their chosen area of concern. Its mission is to encouragepersons to volunteer; it is a call to action for persons to seek out volunteer opportunities,to instill and inspire a culture of volunteerism throughout The Bahamas.

Among the dozen people who donated blood, were two visiting remote staffers, Slavand Reena Bienko, from Canada who had been doners in their own country.Bahamians that donated ranged in age up to 67years of age. University of TheBahamas (UB) Chef Dominic Turnquest was one of the younger ones and a first timer.

At days end, 17 people had offered to donate and PMH closed-up with 12 very welcomepints. Volunteer Bahamas UB student Arthurnique Jones explained that many peopledidn’t qualify to donate because of underlying medical issues.

An online platform where NGOs and other volunteer groups and opportunities will belisted is under development. Volunteer Bahamas will post information on NGO’s andvolunteer needs so they can appropriately be matched with enquiring would-bevolunteers.

Television and radio interviews will continue through the end of November, VolunteerMonth, promoting the ways persons interested in volunteering can be matched withappropriate volunteer opportunities through The Governor General’s VolunteerBahamas database. Information at GGvolunteers@bahamas.gov.bs & https://m.facebook.com/Volunteer-Bahamas-A-Call-to-Action-105240464511703/

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A ‘pop-up’ Blood Drive with the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) was held on National
Volunteer Day at the Mall at Marathon by the Governor General’s Volunteer Bahamas,
led by His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Cornelius Smith.
Chartered Accountant, Lindsey Cancino, the Volunteer Bahamas chairman said that the
need for blood donations is constant and as such, there is never enough ways to
encourage people to give blood and save lives.
“There are always many community needs but on November 19 th , National Volunteer
Day we opted to partner with PMH to help boost the Blood Bank reserve,” said Mr.
Cancino. “And I was gratified that we managed to engage several first time doners and
we hope they will become regulars.”
The Governor General attended and spoke to those donating blood and many of the
volunteers. A group of youngsters from St. Barnabas Anglican Church aided in
promoting the Blood Drive throughout the Mall.
The Governor General’s personal life-long belief and promotion of volunteerism in all its
many guises, steered the formation in 2019 of an NGO called The Governor General’s
Volunteer Bahamas. An online site is under development that will allow new volunteers
to select a cause or event where they would like to be involved. Volunteer Bahamas will
help match volunteers with their chosen area of concern. Its mission is to encourage
persons to volunteer; it is a call to action for persons to seek out volunteer opportunities,
to instill and inspire a culture of volunteerism throughout The Bahamas.
Among the dozen people who donated blood, were two visiting remote staffers, Slav
and Reena Bienko, from Canada who had been doners in their own country.
Bahamians that donated ranged in age up to 67years of age. University of The
Bahamas (UB) Chef Dominic Turnquest was one of the younger ones and a first timer.
At days end, 17 people had offered to donate and PMH closed-up with 12 very welcome
pints. Volunteer Bahamas UB student Arthurnique Jones explained that many people
didn’t qualify to donate because of underlying medical issues.
An online platform where NGOs and other volunteer groups and opportunities will be
listed is under development. Volunteer Bahamas will post information on NGO’s and
volunteer needs so they can appropriately be matched with enquiring would-be
volunteers.
Television and radio interviews will continue through the end of November, Volunteer
Month, promoting the ways persons interested in volunteering can be matched with
appropriate volunteer opportunities through The Governor General’s Volunteer
Bahamas database. Information at GGvolunteers@bahamas.gov.bs & 
https://m.facebook.com/Volunteer-Bahamas-A-Call-to-Action-105240464511703/

News date : 11/23/2022    Category : Community/Charity, Health, Politics

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