Blood drive brings low turnout

By PAULO SILVESTRE paulo.silvestre@theresidentgrop.com

The Resident Group’s third annual blood drive, held in conjunction with western Algarve’s blood donor association ADSBA in Lagoa on April 20, welcomed 35 donors, a number which fell below the organiser’s expectations.

The initiative was held at the Intermarché supermarket’s car park (on the Carvoeiro-Lagoa road) where a mobile blood unit from the national blood institute (IPS) in Lisbon was parked.

The president of ADSBA, Mário de Freitas, told the Algarve Resident: “We were hoping for higher attendance, especially from the foreign community. In future, we will need to raise more awareness about the importance of giving blood prior to events.”

If you missed the blood drive at Intermarché Lagoa, ADSBA will be holding a further four sessions in May.

The first will be on Sunday (May 1) at Barlavento Hospital in Portimão from 9am to 12.30pm, then on May 14 at Ria Shopping Centre in Olhão from 9.30am to 13.30pm, on May 19 at Portimão Court from 10am to 1pm and on May 24 at Escola Básica 2/3 Dr. Ant.º  da Costa Contreiras in Armação de Pêra from 10.30am to 2pm.

To give blood, potential donors must be between the ages of 18 and 65, or 60 years old if giving blood for the first time, as well as weighing a minimum of 50kg and not be suffering from any illnesses.

For more information about ADSBA (Associação de Dadores de Sangue do Barlavento do Algarve) and the blood giving process, please contact Sandra Cabral on 282 417 295, 967 062 748 or email adsba@sapo.pt The Resident Group are publishers of the Algarve Resident newspaper, who are proud to support ADSBA’s initiatives.