STAFFERS of the Guyana Bank of Trade and Industry (GBTI) donated 22 units of blood when the bank held its 9th annual blood drive at its Water Street branch in partnership with the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) on Thursday.
“The drive began in 2012 by then Branch Manager Terry Gopaul to coincide with World Blood Donor Day and targeted both staff and customers,” Raymond Forde, Officer-in-Charge, Water Street Branch said.
He said that the initiative has grown over the years with more staff members coming on board. Last year the bank donated 50 units of blood from two drives at the branch and altogether in excess of 300 units were donated since the drive started.
Only recently, in observance of World Blood Donor Day, the Ministry of Health through the NBTS recognised GBTI as a donor partner with the presentation of an award.
“I always give because we know of the need for blood from the media,” said Tonia Griffith, GBTI Enterprise Risk Manager, adding: “It’s an easy process and I feel good. We know that it’s healthy for your body too.”
Among repeat donors were Christopher Mackintosh, Randir Ramkisson, Yuvraj Bhagwandeen, Adeeb Bacchus, Mercedes Low-Koon, Tonia Griffith and Godwin Fernandes and among the first- time donors were Latifa Harris and Colleen MacKintosh.
Tonza Bamfield, supervisor NBTS, said it is always a good feeling to be working with GBTI, noting that there is always a need for blood and often the demand is greater than the supply.
The bank expresses its gratitude to all the staff who donate and to its partnership with the National Blood Transfusion Service and the Ministry of Health.