|Mr. Grantley Haynes presenting the blood storage refrigeration unit to Ms. Anderline Sealy of the Blood Collection as Kilowatt personnel and members of the health care sector look on. |
The Garrison compound was a hive of activity last Thursday, November 22, as employees and visitors from the Credit Union, Ernst & Young Corporate Centre and members of the Barbados Defence Force gathered to donate blood as part of a special clinic. This clinic, which resulted in a record breaking 40 units of blood collected 5 units over the previous highest amount of 35 units, culminated with the official presentation of a blood storage refrigeration unit to the Blood Collection Unit of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, later that afternoon.
The presentation of the blood storage unit came about as a result of the efforts of our employees to raise funds for the Blood Collection Unit, which had been without adequate blood storage facilities for about 4-5 years. Through various ERC fund-raising activities, employee-authorized salary/wage deductions and matching contributions from the Company, employees succeeded in raising the $16,000.00 necessary to facilitate the purchase.
At the official presentation of the storage unit, filled with the blood donations collected on Thursday, Managing Director, Peter Williams thanked employees for their generosity and expressed his pride in the fact that they had truly given from the heart. He noted that the act of giving reflects the values of society and that nothing is more valuable than life. He expressed his pleasure that Light & Power was involved in such a worthwhile endeavor and commended Grantley Haynes and his team for their years of effort in coordinating the annual blood collection drives.
Subsequent speeches by Mr. Haynes, and Mr. Howard Griffith, BL&P Union President, spoke to the positive and meaningful partnership between the Company and the Blood Collecting Unit, and the continuing interest of Light & Power employees in remaining involved in it's life-saving activities. Notable among the employees who will continue to nourish the association is Mrs. Cyrilene Bryan, of the Distribution Department. In the wake of Mr. Haynes official retirement, Cyrilene, willingly accepted the responsibility of coordinating the blood collection drives on the Kilowatt end.
Tying together the sentiments expressed by the speakers, Mrs. Jackie Marshall-Clarke, Corporate Communications Coordinator, who acted in the roll of MC, painted a clear picture of the large-scale teamwork involved in making the exercise a real study in giving from the heart.
In accepting the storage unit on behalf of the Blood Collection Unit, Ms. Anderline Sealy, Senior Blood Technician thanked our Company for its magnanimity and further commended our staff for their consistency in donating blood over the years. Ms. Sealy challenged Corporate Barbados to get involved in similar projects, recognizing its significance to the community.