A TOTAL of 123 employee-volunteers donated blood during the 6th CCC Bloodletting drive held at the Carmen Copper Corp. (CCC) Hospital last Sept. 8.
The event was held in partnership with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Eastern Visayas Regional Blood Center-Cebu Chapter.
The 123 bags of blood collected is equivalent to 55,350 blood units that will save hundreds of lives and contribute in securing the blood supply in the region.
To date, Carmen Copper donated more than 600 units of blood to the PRC since the launching of its first bloodletting activity six years ago.
The company-initiated bloodletting campaign was part of Carmen Copper’s Social Management and Development Program.
Successful donors were Carmen Copper employees and volunteers from Barangays Don Andres Soriano, Biga, Bagakay and Media Once.
They received souvenir T-shirts as token, while employees were excused from their work for the rest of the day to enjoy the long weekend.
Among the community volunteers were mother and son Annabel Pañares, 42, and Jupiter, 19, of Sitio Pandong Bato in Barangay Media Once. Both of them are first-time donors.
Annabel said she did not give up even after failing the screening test twice.
“Ganahan sad mi makatabang sa uban (We want to help others),” she said.
She wished to pass on this value of compassion for others to her son Jupiter.
First-time donor Roberto Fernandez, a drilling foreman, said that he joined because he wanted to experience what it is to be a blood donor apart from his intention to help save lives.
He came with other first time-donors, namely, Michael Vasquez and Herlando P. Clidoro, who are also foremen.
Most of the regular volunteers said they donated blood for health benefits.
According to medical experts, donating blood helps keep the iron in the blood at a healthy level. It also helps reduce the risk of suffering from a heart attack and reduce the risk of developing cancer.
Last July, Red Cross conferred to Carmen Copper the Blood Services Platinum Award for its continuing support to the promotion of voluntary blood donation by organizing bloodletting activities that yielded 518 units of blood in five years.
One of Carmen Copper employees, 32-year-old senior developer Jerson B. Serad from Software Development and Maintenance Department was also certified as a member of the Blood Galloners Club after having donated at least nine times to the PRC.