Bermuda Hospitals Board today congratulates FIL Limited for winning the tenth Corporate Blood Drive. The annual competition included 16 local companies. The competition has every blood donation from an employee or an employee’s friends and family count towards each company’s total.
The winner’s trophy was presented to FIL Limited by the Minister of Health, the Hon. Kim Wilson JP MP, the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ayoola Oyinloye, BHB CEO & President, Dr Michael Richmond, Chief of Staff, Dr Wesley Miller, and the Bermuda Blood Donor Centre team.
Minister Wilson, congratulated the winner and thanked all companies who had been a part of the ten year competition. “This friendly competition has helped save countless lives in Bermuda. Whether the companies won or not, every donation has made a difference. Truly, every company who has been a part of the competition over the last ten years has helped their employees share the gift of life, and share regularly.”
The sixteen competing companies in this year’s competition were: Ascot Bermuda Limited, Aspen, Axis, Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service, Bermuda Airport Authority, Bermuda Monetary Authority, Butterfield and Vallis, Conduit Reinsurance, Fidelity, Fortitude Re, Freisenbruch, Hiscox, Ministry of Public Works, Renaissance Re, Rosewood Tucker’s Point and Sun Life.
Dr Eyitayo Fakunle, Consultant Haematologist, comments: “As we celebrate the remarkable milestone of our tenth competition, the Corporate Blood Drive stands as a testament to the steadfast spirit of giving. Year after year, the unwavering support of companies in the competition has been instrumental in preserving our blood supplies and safeguarding lives in Bermuda. It helps us deliver about 2,000 transfusions per year through local, voluntary blood donations. We extend our deepest gratitude to all the participants and reserve special congratulations for FIL for achieving the top position in the competition.”
Lucy Correia, Nurse Phlebotomist at the Blood Donor Centre, expresses her gratitude, saying, “We extend our heartfelt thanks to all the generous donors and the companies that support us. We want to encourage more companies to consider joining us, as it fosters unity and boosts morale. Each donation has the power to positively impact up to three individuals in Bermuda. There is no greater way to demonstrate support for our community.”
Katrina Nusum, deputy head of office comments: “At FIL we are deeply committed to supporting blood donations. We must thank our colleagues who have enthusiastically embraced this cause by generously donating blood throughout the year. We acknowledge the bravery it took for some to overcome their initial apprehensions and step forward as donors. Today, they have become regular contributors, demonstrating their unwavering dedication to this important cause. We look forward to competing again next year and retaining the trophy.”
Donors are encouraged to book an appointment with the Bermuda Blood Donor Centre. As a reminder, BHB recently changed its guidelines for people who spent time in the UK, France and certain other countries between 1980 and 1996. (https://bermudahospitals.bm/welcome-back-uk-blood-donation-rule-has-changed/)
Companies wishing to join in the friendly competition should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 236-5067
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