Looking to give a gift that really makes a difference this Christmas? Then consider becoming a blood donor and giving blood over the coming weeks.  It will cost you nothing more than an hour of your time and it will make an enormous difference in someone else’s life. 

67% of all blood donations go to cancer patients who get transfusions as part of their treatment, 27% of blood is used in surgery and emergency room situations, 6% of blood is used for treatment of new-born babies and birth complications.

3,000 donations are needed each week in Ireland to keep up with the constant demand for blood and this demand is met by ordinary people, like you and I, choosing to donate blood.  The Irish Blood Transfusion Service has a permanent clinic in St Finbarr’s Hospital. There will also be a Blood Donation Clinic this Monday and Tuesday, 2nd & 3rd December 2019 from 5.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. in Carrigaline GAA Hall. One in four of us will need a blood donation at some point in our lives.  If you enjoy good health and are able to donate blood please consider becoming a blood donor.  For more information see www.giveblood.ie

It is hard to think of a better gift that you can give this Christmas!                Fr Seán