Blood spills for ‘Ina’

By Jason B. Neola

NAGA CITY — Blood red will be among the colors of the joyful celebration of the 300 years of devotion to the Virgin of Peñafrancia.

This, after the Tercentenary Committee of the Archdiocese of Caceres, the Peñafrancia Parish, the  Naga City government and their partner organizations have slated a one-day mobile blood donation.

The blood-letting activitity is slated on Sept. 4, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm, at the Pastoral Hall of Our Lady of Peñafrancia Parish in Barangay Peñafrancia, here.

The project targets more than 600 volunteer blood donors coming from the parishes of two vicariates – St. John the Evangelist and Our Lady of Peñafrancia.

Aiming to accumulate 500 blood bags from donors, personnel of Penafrancia Barangay Council and the Department of Health-Bicol Medical Center have conducted trainings of members of the pastoral councils on blood donor recruitment and care.

Invitations to possible donors from the different religious organizations and institutions of the parishes under the two vicariates have already been sent to ensure maximum participation in the project.

These organizations include the Couples for Christ and its ministries, Knights of Columbus, PREX, Cofradia de San Jose, Cursillo, Guardia de Maria, Mother Butler and the Catholic schools.

Blood donors from the vicariate of St. John the Evangelist are expected to donate blood in the morning while those from the vicariate of Our Lady of Peñafrancia will donate theirs in the afternoon. Free transportation to and from the venue will be made available to all blood donors.

City Councilor Nathan Sergio, who is also the executive director of the Naga City Blood Program, said walk-in donors, including pilgrims, devotees and guests who arrive earlier from other places of the country for the Penafrancia festivities are also welcome.

After the blood letting, Sergio said 100 bags will be sent to Philippine National Red Cross in Manila while the rest will go to the Bicol Medical Center here.

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