More than 500 volunteers, in a solidary and altruistic way from Spain, donated blood in the 3rd International Marathon “Life is in the Blood”, act which is evidence of the will of the human being of helping those who needed.
Invited all the Hispanic community through media such as the Latin Salsabor 92.3, and the digital channel of the L´Hospitalet de Llobregat, it was achieved the participation of the Blood Donation Association, the Blood Bank of Cataluña, and members of the Hindu community settled in Barcelona, who felt identified with the purposes of this international campaign, and more than 15 members of their group joined to this initiative.
For 6 days the volunteers were located, in different places of Barcelona, with mobile units of blood donation, inviting the citizen to participate regularly and in an altruistic way in Barcelona.
On April 14 and 15, the blood drive was carried out in a mobile unit which was located in the Justice Palace of Barcelona, where volunteers were present since 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., and where dozens of people of the Justice Palace and its surroundings came to donate blood.
On the days 24, 25 and 26 a blood drive was developed in the Blood Bank of L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, doubling the number reached, achieving a total of 224 effective blood units, with previous workshops and awareness from the team of volunteers of the Embassy and the Blood Bank in the Bellvitge Hospital, The Oncological Hospital and the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
On April 29, the mobile unit of donation was in the Plaza de Mercado of Collblanc, in the barrio of L’Hospitalet de Llobregat where 32 units were collected from the passersby. Simultaneously, in the market of the Paseo de Gracia, a mobile unit collected 442 blood units.
Two plasma donors were collected during this marathon, and it is worth mentioning in the community the high percentage of people who donated for the first time by family tradition. Health specialists explained that this index it was possible thanks to the solidarity among the families from past donations.
The Blood Bank of the Bellvitge Hospital, in appreciation for the work done, gave a recognition to the Global Embassy of Activists for Peace, for the work carried out of awareness and promotion through 2013 and 2014. The promotor of the Blood Bank explained that every three minutes in Cataluña someone is needing blood; because of this it is the immense importance of the work done for life.