There are a lot of things in this world that are more fun than giving blood like being a sperm donor or picking up trash on the side of the freeway, but last week a few of us from the CorkSport decided that we would do our part and donate blood to the American Red Cross.
Sure, it’s not the most comfortable thing to do, takes some time out of your day, and can make you feel pretty light headed, but they say donating just once has the ability to save up to three lives, a pretty strong motivation if you ask me. I think 60-90 minutes of my day to save three lives is pretty great return on my time investment!
While I was there getting my blood drawn, I thought about an accident I witnessed last Sunday while I drove to church. A motorcyclist crashed his bike going 45+ miles an hour right in front of us. He flipped his bike end-over-end, flying 40 feet, only to be stopped by a metal street sign. If blood was needed for him (and it probably was) someone’s donation could have made the difference between life and death and let’s face it, driving like an idiot, while annoying and dangerous for everyone else on the road shouldn’t necessarily be a death sentence.
So, the moral of the story is to get out there and donate. Even one time is enough to save a life or three.
For more information about donating blood, check out the American Red Cross at http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood