Fahrnbach…as I and many of my colleagues proved last month when the MANN+HUMMEL organising team, in conjunction with the German Red Cross, invited staff to give blood at MANN+HUMMEL’s first ever blood donation session in Speyer. The organising team was following up the wish of employees to actively support charity work in the area around Speyer.

Having given blood many times before, I was impressed by the huge number of first-time donors. I know how daunting the sight of a needle can be for some.

Respect

This word is omnipresent in the MANN+HUMMEL vocabulary. Respect is one of our corporate values and usually means listening to others and helping them. In this case, however, it’s about saving lives.

I have been committed to giving blood for a long time now and I donate blood four to six times a year. I attended the initiative at our site because it was convenient for me and the timing fitted perfectly into my blood-giving schedule. Giving blood is in any case more straightforward for me than for new donors; I didn’t have to answer so many questions in the questionnaire as first-time donors and I knew the Red Cross team who provided the medical support and took our blood.

I think it was good of MANN+HUMMEL to arrange an initiative that has encouraged staff to give blood. I did my best beforehand to advertise the initiative and dispel people’s concerns. Giving blood really doesn’t hurt – you don’t even feel any weaker afterwards. In fact, you’re doing your own health some good because it stimulates the formation of new blood plasma and you get a blood test every time as part of the process. The feeling that you’ve done something good is a wonderful bonus.

Why going to a blood donation?

I have learned that 15,000 blood transfusions are needed every day, but donated blood is often in short supply. According to the German Federal Centre for Health Education, the demand will continue to grow in future due to demographic growth, the ageing population and advances in medicine.

Did you also use to think that the majority of blood transfusions are needed by accident victims? I was surprised to find out that most of the blood is actually needed to treat seriously ill people, with conditions such as cancer or heart disease. Knowledge of this fact will probably encourage even more volunteers to give blood next time.

Not everyone is allowed to give blood since every blood donor has to meet certain criteria. Perhaps you can think of some ways in which someone who is not allowed to give blood might still be able to become a life-saver or provide emergency aid?