Two kilometers were traveled by the volunteers of the 3rd Marathon “Life is in the Blood” and “Lamber Bici” in the city of Lambare, Paraguay, inviting the citizens to participate in the 18 blood drives scheduled in this calling of the Global Embassy of Activists for Peace.
Dozens of volunteers filled the Paraguayan streets making the citizens aware during April until May 13, date in which the last blood drive was carried out in Ypané.
Local and national media covered this marathon for life which had the participation of the blood Banks of the hospitals, like the Regional de Encarnación in Itapúa, and the National Blood Program of the Public Health and Social Wellbeing Ministry, where 156 units of blood were collected.
In the Paraguayan capital, Asuncion, on April 12, the Emergency Medical Center received 22 effective donations of the 34 people who came to donate voluntarily. Simultaneously 37 units were being collected in Villa Elisa, Central, in the installations of the Children Maternal Hospital with the support of their Chief, Dr. Cesar Centurion, from the Intendant Yellow Leader and councilors of the municipality of the city.
A week later, on April 21, 22 and 23, in Ciudad del Este, Alto Parana, 85 voluntary donations were achieved on the premises of the municipal council. This blood drive had the support of Gustavo Ruiz Diaz, President of the Municipal Council, Nery Jara, and from all the blood bank team of the Regional Hospital of Ciudad del Este.
In Capiata, Central, they focused on sowing a culture of donation in the students of the Intercontinental Technological University (UTIC). In this institute, an agreement was reached with the Director, Lic. Arnaldo Uliambre, to give credit in specific classes to those students who support the campaign by donating blood, bringing donors or carrying out awareness work in the community. The students agreed with pleasure and joined the marathon.
In the cities of Pedro Juan Caballero, Amambay y Ñemby, Central, on April 28 and 29, and May 3, more than a hundred volunteers went to donate blood in the different spots prepared by the Regional Hospital Pedro Juan Caballero, who joined this initiative with the Blue Firefighters of Ñemby
The 3rd Marathon closed with the blood drives on May 10,12 and 13, which were carried out in Limpio e Ypane, Central, where 80 units of blood more were collected, after awareness works in educative centers and commercial establishments. This blood drives had the support of the municipality, private corporations, and firefighters.
Quantity of donors who came to donate: 844 people
Quantity of effective blood units: 544