In Guatemala, the altruist work of anonymous heroes was exceptional during the global celebration of June 14Global Embassy of Activists for Peace

In Guatemala, the altruist work of anonymous heroes was exceptional during the global celebration of June 14

Guatemala

The GEAP organized blood donation marathons and other special events with the Guatemalan Red Cross and other organizations of the State.

With the purpose of distinguishing the altruist work of the anonymous heroes that have decided to save lives, the Global Embassy of Activists for Peace (GEAP) in Guatemala, celebrated World Blood Donor Day (June 14) with awareness talks, special events and marathons of blood donations in some parts of the country.

The activities were carried out in schools, malls, private companies and plazas of the departments Escuintla, Jutiapa and the city Villa Nueva, with the participation of national institutions of the health area, High School Centers and other State agencies. 

This movement of the activists allowed the promotion on the importance and transcendence of the blood donation, to contribute with the formation of a voluntary, altruist and regular safe blood donation culture; objective of the Integral Program “Life is in the Blood”, which the GEAP develops internationally. (See Program)

Promoting solidary marathons

On June 8, the Guatemalan Red Cross and the GEAP, organized a sporting event between the universities Mariano Gálvez and San Carlos de Guatemala (west headquarters); the Sistema Nacional de Prevención y Control de Incendios (SIPECIF), and merchandizer of Quetzaltenango also participated.

During the event the activists for peace imparted an educational talk to young people, under the theme: The voluntary, altruist and regular safe blood donation; this encounter constituted an introduction to the blood donation marathons developed on June 14 in different regions of the country. 

Guatemalan share life 

In the Centennial Park, located in the historical center of the city of Guatemala, and at the installations of the Instituto Guatemalteco de Seguridad Social (IGSS), the GEAP carried out blood donation marathons, together with the staff of the Guatemalan Red Cross.

Habitants of the city heard and attended the call to share life through blood donation. The marathon reached a total of 242 effective units of blood.

Celebrating the life of the blood donors: increasing of voluntaries in Guatemala

The GEAP promoted the celebration of the annuity in more than 20 countries, together with the World Health Organization (WHO), to celebrate the life of the voluntary and regular blood donors, highlighting their humanitarian and disinterested work.

(See international summary: Heroes for life receive tribute on World Blood Donor Day)

In Guatemala, the GEAP has contributed to the addition of voluntary donors through international journeys and marathons of the CampaignLife is in the Blood”. On the 6Th Marathon (2015) it reached a total of 1,127 effective units, with an increasing of 24% of participation, relative to the previous marathons. 

According to the registry of past marathons, voluntary donors repeated their action becoming in regular donors.

The Global embassy of Activists for Peace emphasizes that an awareness on a culture of individual donation, as a permanent necessity, and not just on emergencies and disasters. 

“A voluntary and regular donation culture must be the fundamental pillar of every health system”. – Dr. William Soto, president of the GEAP.