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Tuesday 29 July 2014

GAA aces sign up to boost blood donations

Published 15/01/2014|02:30

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14 January 2013; Cork camogie player Anna Geary, left, and Monaghan footballer Laura McEnaney pictured at the formal launch of the partnership between the Irish Blood Transfusion Board and the GAA at the IBTS head office in the grounds of St. James Hospital. The partnership called Its In Your Blood aims to raise awareness of the need for blood donations and also that the IBTS will now be hosting blood donation clinics in GAA clubs across the country. St. James's Hospital, James's Street, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Cork camogie player Anna Geary, left, and Monaghan footballer Laura McEnaney.

The GAA and the Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) have teamed up in a partnership that they hope will lead to 15,000 extra donations each year.

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The 'It's In Your Blood' initiative was agreed in 2012 but was officially rolled out at the National Blood Centre on the grounds of St James's Hospital in Dublin yesterday.

The aim is to make it more convenient for GAA members to donate blood through their local clubs.

To date there are 20 clubs across the country who are hosting clinics.

Now the GAA and the IBTS are hoping to double that by the end of this year.

In addition they want 400 clubs to sign up to promote and support existing clinics to help reach the 15,000 extra donations target.

GAA president Liam O'Neill formally launched the initiative along with IBTS chief executive Andy Kelly.

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They were joined by Clare's hurler of the year Tony Kelly, Dublin footballer Eoghan O'Gara, Cork camogie player Anna Geary and Monaghan ladies' footballer Laura McEnaney.

"This will allow us to raise awareness of the 70,000 patients that need a blood transfusion each year, help us to facilitate people to give blood more regularly and inform new donors about giving blood," said Mr Kelly.

Irish Independent

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