In Guatemala, during the month of June, the staff of the Global Embassy of Activists for Peace (GEAP), worked in the awareness campaign on the importance of creating a spontaneous, regular and voluntary culture of blood donation. It was possible to reach the participation of approximately 20,000 people after the effort made to establish blood drives.
The activities were carried out at the Historic Center and Barrios Plaza of the capital city, through cultural acts, which promoted awareness on voluntary blood donation. Also, workshops were developed for students at the Plazuela de Jocotenango, Sacatepequez, with the participation of the medical staff of the Antigua Guatemala Hospital and the Voluntary Firefighters, who clarified the concerns of the assistants with demonstrations and training courses on the process of blood donation, which is intended to inform the population on how safe and necessary it is to regularly and voluntarily donate this vital liquid. Social and cultural events were also developed in the central park of San Lucas Sacatepequez.
Projection of testimonies in movie theathers
In particular, volunteers worked along with renal patients in the elaboration of real testimonials on the need to voluntarily give blood; such testimonies, after editing and processing, were projected in all the movie theaters of the international chain Cinepolis, in four important shopping malls of the city: Cayalá, Miraflores, Oakland Mall and Portales, during a week of commemoration, for the celebration of the “International Blood Donor Day”.
For the occasion, 211 blood units were achieved, helping the patients of the Coban, Chiquimula and Zacapa hospitals.
Guatemala achieves benefiting results.
In this sense, the citizens, while continuing to altruistically work, being influenced by the cultural and social activities carried out by the GEAP, specifically within the 5th International Blood Drive Marathon, which is carried out in different countries, the Activists, volunteers for peace and the general population, obtained successful results.
During the donation the national hospitals from Antigua Guatemala, Chimaltenango, Huehuetenango, San Marcos, Quetzaltenango, Escuintla, Zacapa, Chiquimula and Cobán were benefited reaching a total of 911 Effective Blood Units.
As evidence of a country that strengthens the bonds of life, Guatemala celebrates the contribution of establishing a more solidary and dedicated society towards the health of others; that is why this country continues to form each day within the GEAP and the institutions that support and participate in these International Marathons.