The bloodletting drive by GMA nationwide yielded over 1600 blood bags. In GMA QC alone, a total of 300 blood bags with an equivalent of 135,000 cc units of blood, were collected.
The said activity is an annual project of GMA Network's Corporate Affairs Division, in support of its socio-civic arm, GMA Kapuso Foundation, meant to encourage employees to take part in public service undertakings through blood donation.
Other GMA TV stations in the provinces - Ilocos, Dagupan, Bicol, Cebu, Iloilo, Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Davao and General Santos also held simultaneous bloodletting drives in their respective areas. GMA's provincial stations collected more than 1, 300 units of blood.
In line with this, to continuously promote volunteerism through blood donation, GMA Kapuso Foundation (GMAKF) and PRC will also conduct the "Sagip Dugtong Buhay Blood Letting Project" onFebruary 18, this time open to the public, at Ever Gotesco Mall in Commonwealth, Quezon City.
PRC and GMAKF have been partners for 21 years since 1996 and conducts blood donation drives twice a year. Last years' drives yielded a total of 4,841 units of blood.
GMA Kapuso Foundation is one of the recipients of the Philippine Red Cross' "Outstanding Blood Services Partner of the Year for 2016" award given during PRC's Blood Donors Recognition Ceremony held last year.
"We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to GMA Network and to GMA Kapuso Foundation for supporting our advocacy for voluntary blood donation through their long time annual blood donation drives nationwide. Through these activities, we are able to promote the importance of blood donation as an act of volunteerism," said PRC Chairman Richard Gordon. (PRC)