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2021-06-14 - 09:21:54  COMMUNITY | 

Freisenbruch Meyer win the Bermuda Corporate Blood Drive Competition 2021


The Ministry of Health and Bermuda Hospitals Board are very pleased to announce that Freisenbruch Meyer has won the 2021 Corporate Blood Drive Competition. This is their second consecutive win.

The Corporate Blood Drive Competition this year was between eleven companies, who collectively raised 235 blood and 16 apheresis donations in the year running from June 2020 to June 2021. A total of 251 donations.

The second company was, Lancashire Re and third was Butterfield & Vallis. The other competing companies are: the Bermuda Police Service, Department of Health, Department of Corrections, Fidelity, Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, Kitson Group of Companies, Pearman Washington and Renaissance Re.

This announcement is being made on World Blood Donor Day 2021, which this year Bermuda is helping launch for the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) region along with Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.

Andy Wright, CEO of Freisenbruch Meyer, comments: “We are so proud to win the Corporate Blood Drive Competition for the second year running. This win is very much a reflection of the commitment of our employees, and I want to recognise them and thank them for continuing to give through a challenging year for us all. The competition is a way for us to support our employees, raise morale and give back to the community. I hope more companies will join in the friendly competition for next year. We are ready!”

Dr Eyitayo Fakunle, Consultant Haematologist, who oversees the Bermuda Blood Donor Centre at BHB, comments: “I would like to thank the companies and their employees. We saw a sharp drop in the number of companies competing compared to 2020 when 22 companies took place due the pandemic, but the companies who did participate and their employees truly have made a difference. The theme of World Blood Donor Day this year is ‘Give blood and keep the world beating.” Our appreciation goes all our donors, as well as all those in the Corporate Blood Drive Competition. You have ensured life-saving transfusions kept Bermuda hearts beating this year.”

Dr Ayoola Oyinloye, Bermuda's Chief Medical Officer, comments: “Congratulations to Freisenbruch Meyer, and all participating companies. This competition has run against a backdrop of the pandemic, with more staff working from home, and changing restrictions. We recognise this might have made donating harder for everyone so I salute the companies who still signed up and especially their staff who continued to attend, and all donors who have kept coming in to save lives. The pandemic doesn’t change the fact that we have emergencies and people with conditions who need treatments that need blood and apheresis donations. Thank you, donors – you are honorary member of the essential services, continuing to give to care for our community through it all.”

Companies who want to join in the 2022 Bermuda Corporate Blood Drive  can call 236-5067, or email blood.donor@bhb.bm.
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