If I were to ask you a question can you give an honest answer?
Do you give blood? If not why not?
Before you get all shouty and announce you can’t for some medical or social reason it is not you I am asking, it is everyone else…
The facts speak for themselves, in Ireland only 3% of the population give blood!
Why do I care so much? Because I saw first hand how enormous a gift a unit of blood can be.
My friends young son was seriously ill following a bone marrow transplant for leukemia. As his family were being told that there would be no further treatment and Daniel would be allowed home for good, strangers we will never know left their everyday lives, their work, their children, their college and made the time to give blood.
They will never know their blood would be given to Daniel.
They will never know their donation meant Daniel would get his final wish… to go home.
They will never know their donation would mean he got to lie in his own bed, surrounded by his family and friends, many who had not seen him for months.
They will never know their donation gave him an extra three days of life, three days the memory of which his family treasure.
But now you do know. So I am asking you, if you are not giving blood because, like me once upon a time you have never made the time, please think again, because your time literally saves lives.
You will never know what your donation will mean, but those who receive it will.
Please at least think about it. Give Blood. Make time to give time.