Auckland, New Zealand
On December 6, 2018 the Members Church of God International (MCGI) in Auckland New Zealand gathered to donate blood at a larger venue at QBE Stadium in Albany.
This is the group’s first time donating in a public mobile blood collection centre instead of going to the usual donation centre of NZ Blood Service in Takapuna.
This change of location is a result of the increasing number of volunteer donors from the church and the need for a bigger venue. A total of seventeen donors came to donate where all had given blood successfully.
This event is timely in conjunction with MCGI’s “The Old Path” (TOP) 38th anniversary in advocating love, hope and faith.
MCGI chapters all over the world have been engaging in public services that helps fellow citizens, the community and the environment. Such services include blood donations, aged care volunteering (elder care), clean up drives, tree planting and many more.
In the holy scriptures virtues of love, hope and faith are being taught, “ And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love”, 1 Corinthians 13:13 (NKJV).
This is why the MCGI brethren continue to donate blood to show love and instil hope and faith to fellow Kiwis.
With seventeen successful donors, a total of 7,900 ml of blood was collected which could help save the lives of up to 50 people.
Did you know that one bag of donated blood is separated into three components (red blood cells, platelets and plasma) and that the majority of this will help patients with haematology cancers and disorders. The red blood cell component helps with anaemia and improve the oxygenation and energy levels of blood cancer patients.
The platelet component helps with clotting and prevents excessive bleeding while the plasma component is further broken down into products that will help people with immunodeficiency, clotting problems etc. In addition to this, blood transfusions are widely used in patients with trauma, people in labour and patients having surgery.
The MCGI brethren in Auckland attended the public mobile blood collection service at QBE stadium wearing their “The Old Path” (TOP) anniversary t-shirts.
The event was successful with God’s help. The donors left the venue feeling blessed and thankful in their hearts that they have been used as instruments in saving other people’s lives.
Written by: Sister Afe Fernandez
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