|Donate blood - be awesome!!|
I went in today to donate my second batch of healthy red blood cells - something I'm really proud of doing! It was late last year that I'd gone in for the first time, anxious and unsure, when the newspaper that I work for threw out a community challenge to get behind the opening of a new 'Blood Bank' in Orange. Never having done anything like that before, I was full of trepidation ("needles and pain and ewwww!") - but I was quickly proven wrong!!
Today's effort took little over 6 minutes to finish - SUPER easy! The paperwork prior takes longer than that, but it's the awesome milkshake, chocolate, cheese and crackers after that made it all the more worthwhile!!! (not to mention the legitimate excuse to put off training for one afternoon - for real!!!)
But let's not bypass the real reason I was there... Blood donation is a critical service. I'm sure there's many of us who know someone whose needed a transfusion in their time (if not ourselves) - and it's those generous donors that step up, lay down, and pump out this precious commodity that grant them that privilege!
Given that one donation can save three lives (THREE people who need your help!) - it's no wonder that you walk out of there feeling mighty proud of yourself, and have an immediate need to announce to the world that you've just risen up another notch in your quest for Sainthood! (hahaha)
I urge everyone - who can - to take the challenge and become a regular blood donor! I went in today with three of my work colleagues, and we've already pre-booked our next session in 12 weeks time... Throw the challenge out to YOUR workplace and get others involved too - makes it even more fun! The rewards far outweigh the small outlay of time, and your contribution is just amazing!
Be awesome, always!