RAFFA, the award winning International Development Agency, will soon launch the ‘Passing the Baton 2016′ programme that aims to build on the success of the London 2012 Games legacy by re-enforcing the message of inspiring peaceful, caring and enterprising neighbourhoods.
RAFFA and it’s partners Blood for Life UK and Angel Foundation UK with support from Grace Foods UK, recently arranged for the donation of a Mobile Blood Collection Unit to the National Blood Transfusion Service, Jamaica.
RAFFA has recently formed a partnership with ‘JLB International Shipping’, who will handle future medical equipment donations. This new partnership provides RAFFA with a greater storage capacity and more effective collection and delivery system. RAFFA and JLB International are leading the Passing the Baton community blood drive across Jamaica in support of the National Blood Transfusion Service, ” One Love, One Blood” campaign for engaging more donors aged between 17-25 years old.
Rudi Page, CEO, RAFFA, said, “Donating blood is like passing the baton, it’s the easiest way to save a life. The Mobile Blood Collection Unit will cover the entire country and contribute to improving the safety and adequacy of blood supply to pregnant mothers and sickle cell patients”. We are very pleased that JLB International is on board and have already started to build relations with the corporate sector and service clubs such as ‘Kiwanis International’. I am also pleased with the commitment from Bishop Winston A. Leith, Church of God of Prophecy Jamaica, to encourage young people to volunteer and get involved with community information and activities, including cricket and domino splash that will surround the mobile blood collection unit when it arrives in their neighbourhoods. Jamaican Diaspora communities around the world also have a role to play by encouraging their family members to donate blood.”
Dr Veronica Taylor, Acting Director, National Blood Transfusion Service in Jamaica, has welcomed the collaboration with RAFFA and its partners, noting that the Transfusion Service is extremely grateful for the support’. She added,’I am very excited about the One Love, One Blood campaign because it will broaden the reach of the NBTS and make it easier for persons to donate blood’.
Jonathan Edwards, Deputy Chair of the London 2012 Nations and Regions Group said, “The inspire programme is an Olympic and Paralympic first and projects like ‘Passing the Baton’ will go down in the history books as one of the fantastic projects that used the power of the 2012 games to inspire a generation.”
For more information, please contact:
Rudi Page on firstname.lastname@example.org or +44 (0) 7958 744660