Sunday 21 July 2019

Coláiste Bríde girls make blood donor history

Students from Coláiste Bríde who gave blood
Students from Coláiste Bríde who gave blood

Brendan Keane

Students from Coláiste Bríde have created their own bit of history in becoming the first girls from the school to donate blood.

Teachers Sara Murphy and Anne-Marie Kane give blood regularly when the blood bank is in Enniscorthy and speaking to this newspaper Ms Murphy said that the last time they did they contemplated the idea of asking sixth year pupils would they like to as well.

'We said it to the principal and she thought it was a great idea and the girls themselves really embraced the idea,' she said.

The girls were allowed out of class so they could arrive at the blood bank early and Ms Murphy said they were more excited than nervous.

Such was the popularity of the initiative that some of the other girls in the school who haven't yet turned 18 expressed regret that they were ineligible to donate.

'We will keep it going every three months when the blood bank is in Enniscorthy,' said Ms Murphy.

'We hope other schools will follow our lead now as well because it really is a potentially life-saving exercise.'

Enniscorthy Guardian