Blood donors from across Donegal were recognised for their impressive gift to others last Friday at the Irish Blood Transfusion Service Donor Awards.
A ceremony was held in the Radisson Blu Hotel Letterkenny to honour the remarkable people who have achieved a milestone of blood donations. Some donors had given blood 50 times, while others had made 100 contributions.
Linda Hickey, Chairperson of the Board of the IBTS thanked the donors for their dedication on behalf of all patients. She presented Gold Pins to those who have made 50 donations and Porcelain Pelicans for 100-time donors.
The Donor Awards Dinner was a chance for the organisation to thank donors for the enormous contribution they give to the health service, which needs 3,000 donors every week, and to inspire more people to become regular donors.
One in four people will need a blood transfusion at some point in their lives. However, just three per cent of those who are eligible to donate blood will volunteer to do so.
It takes many years and many visits to transfusion clinics to build up 50 and 100 donations, so Friday’s awards was a proud moment for many generous local donors and their families.
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