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ONE LOVE, ONE BLOOD, SAVES LIVES campaign was given another boost by KIWANIS Division 25, Eastern Canada and the Caribbean District of Kiwanis International was at Megamart, Montego Bay on Saturday, February 14, 2015.
This was another successful Divisional event undertaken by LG Lisa and the Kiwanis Clubs of Montego Freeport, Montego Bay and Providence-Montego Bay. Participating in the launch were His Worship the Mayor, Councillor Glendon Harris,Dr. Veronica Taylor, Acting Director,National Blood Transfusion Service and Dr. Sheila Campbell-Forrester, Former Chief Medical Officer of Jamaica and Patron of the event.
Several Kiwanians from Division 25 and members from Division 23E were also present to witness this Valentine’s day of true love by giving blood!.
The launch was chaired by Distinguished President Whitcliff Roberts of the Kiwanis Club of Montego Freeport. Division 25 is grateful to all who sponsored and provided for this event.
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Angela Brown, Founder, Lily of The Valley Enterprise, said “we are delighted to be accepted as members of the RAFFA System, our vision is”to replace social inequalities with abundant, prosperous and healthy Lives”. Lily of the Valley Enterprise has recently established a partnership with Church of God of Prophecy, St Elizabeth to enhance community health by raising awareness as a joint effort and collaboration of skills whilst bringing the gap between the local church and the community. We aim to focus our efforts on Health and Community Development activities including Diabetes Hypertension Mental Health Pre/Post Natal Health Prostate Cancer Adult Education CV & Jobs & Interviews and Entrepreneur Skills”.
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The UK Diaspora gift of a mobile blood collection unit to the Blood Bank in Jamaica has become a catalyst for health policy integration, investment and cross –sectoral co-operation.
The ONE LOVE, ONE BLOOD, SAVES LIVES blood donor campaign in Jamaica has been translated to the UK through RAFFA’s innovative partnership with NHS Blood & Transplant who aim to recruit 7,000 Jamaicans and Caribbean people to their donor register over the next 5 years. This is the first ever campaign that involves UK Diaspora and Jamaica-based private, professional and civic organisations.
Rudi Page, CEO, RAFFA Blood for Life Programme 2015-2017, said “ We are extremely pleased that the Prime Minister of Jamaica has focussed on under-served communities, as we are determined with our stakeholders to make a significant impact on Public Health and Maternal Health, Care & Education through the mobile blood collection units serving every neighbourhood across Jamaica.
Dr Fenton Ferguson said “The prime minister is deeply concerned about the under served areas and rural Jamaica, and so she has put in place a Rural Development Unit. We have a national blood transfusion service mobile unit to go across the island to collect blood”.
ONE LOVE ONE BLOOD SAVES LIVES UK campaign begins at a meeting hosted by Bev Bogle, President, KIWANIS Club of Brixton supported by London Clubs at , Karibu Education Centre, 7 Gresham Rd, SW9 7PH, Wednesday 11th February 2015,8pm All Welcome.
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