This morning [Jan 24] at the Riddell’s Bay Golf and Country Club, Southampton the first ever golf and blood donation promotion was launched. Minister of Health Zane DeSilva, representatives from Riddell’s Bay Golf & Country Club [RBGCC] and Bermuda Hospitals Board [BHB] gathered on the golf course for the official launch.
When you donate blood and bring a friend between 24 January and 29 April of this year, you and your friend will each receive a certificate good for a free round of golf at Riddell’s Bay Golf and Country Club with the purchase of one round of golf. Participants will get two greens fee for the price of one when they bring a friend who also donates blood.
Minister of Health, Zane De Silva, on hand to officially launch the promotion at Riddell’s Bay, said: “Blood donors are literally saving lives. The health and wellness of our community depends upon the generosity of those who choose to give the gift of life. Making sure the Bermuda Blood Donor Centre can effectively serve the needs of our community is critical to our healthcare system. The Ministry of Health extends its gratitude and appreciation to Riddell’s Bay for partnering with the hospital for this first-ever golf and blood donation promotion. My thanks to the organizers for encouraging more residents to become blood donors.”
Dennis Paul, General Manager of Riddell’s Bay Golf and Country Club said: “Staff and management at Riddell’s Bay are delighted to be supporting a drive to increase the number of blood donors in Bermuda. We hope everyone interested in playing golf will consider becoming a donor. Providing a free round of golf is our way of asking those with a passion for the game to give blood. And if you aren’t already a regular golfer, what better time to finally give golf a try than when you can also help save a life? It is a pleasure for Riddell’s Bay to participate in a promotion that encourages more people to give blood.”
Dr. Betsie Lombard, BHB Medical Director of the Blood Transfusion Service, said: “The Bermuda Blood Donor Centre is thrilled that Riddell’s Bay has offered to help increase the number of blood donors in our community. Giving blood only takes about 30 minutes and can help save a life. We are grateful to our existing donors and thank each of them for returning time and again to ensure Bermuda has a sufficient supply of blood products. However, we also need to increase our donor pool. Over 2000 patients a year need blood and when someone becomes a donor, they are giving the gift of life to another person. We are very pleased to launch this promotion in partnership with Riddell’s Bay and ask golfers and non-golfers alike to consider becoming donors.”
BHB Deputy CEO, Venetta Symonds comments: “Blood donors are vital for running the hospital and assuring we can respond to patient needs. We would not be able to care for many of our patients if it were not for the generosity of our donors. BHB thanks Riddell’s Bay for sponsoring this first of its kind promotion and encouraging people to give blood. We look forward to a successful campaign and a good response from the public.”
Blood donor clinics are held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 8.30am to 3.00pm. Please call the Bermuda Blood Donor Centre at 236-5067 to schedule an appointment to donate. When people donate blood and bring a friend who also donates, each donor will be presented with a certificate. To receive a free round of golf, contact Riddell’s Bay at 238-1060 to book a reservation. Please quote the certificate number when you call to make your reservation. Pay for one round of golf and the second greens fee is free.