For the third quarter, 1,614 were deemed viable donors out of the 1,900 registrants for the Members Church of God International’s blood donation drive held in 50 remote points across the Philippines on September 15 this year.
Ang Dating Daan Foundation International, the MCGI’s philanthropic arm, mounts this life-saving campaign on a quarterly basis. In this regular endeavor, key partners include the Philippine Red Cross and Philippine Blood Center.
MCGI’s mass blood campaign is a public service work duly-recognized by health organizations for more than two decades. It is also being sustained in different major cities and locations abroad, like New York, Canada and Singapore, to name a few.
“Just the thought of being an instrument in saving lives is enough to give me an unspeakable sense of fulfillment,” shares Geraldine Pajal, a 26, one of the blood donors from Quezon City in Metro Manila.
One of the key health advantages of donating blood includes lower risk of acquiring heart diseases for the donors. But beyond the physical benefits, blood drive participants are motivated by the opportunity to do good, a virtue frequently emphasized by Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon, Presiding and Vice-Presiding Ministers to MCGI, respectively.
Other MCGI-organized humanitarian services in the Philippines and other countries include its regular medical-and-dental missions, free legal consultations, free transport rides, and more of the likes. The free education program is conducted through the La Verdad Christian School and mobile school projects, among others.
(Words by Emmy Borromeo)