171 BLOOD donors from all walks of life were honoured at an IBTS Awards Ceremony in Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork, on Sunday, March 24.
Awardees were commended for having made the remarkable achievement of donating either 50 or 100 units of blood, an effort that sometimes takes decades to accomplish. The Chairperson of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service, Ms Linda Hickey, presented the Awards.
The Rt. Honourable Deputy Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr. Mick Finn also attended and congratulated the donors who had come from across Munster.
Donor Services Manger, Maureen Gill-Emerson stated “without regular donors, the IBTS would not be able to supply hospitals across the country with the necessary blood needed for patients. Because of your generosity and selflessness, thousands of patients across Ireland have been helped.”
Guest speaker, Ms Jess Burke-Walsh, spoke on behalf of her daughter, Lily, who has benefitted from multiple blood transfusions, and thanked the donors stating their blood donations have given their daughter a childhood.
Blood donation clinics are held in communities across Ireland as well as in fixed clinics in Cork city and Dublin. Every week the IBTS requires 3,000 units of blood to maintain a safe supply of blood for hospitals across Ireland. Please visit www.giveblood.ie for more information.