October 19th, 2022

This initiative is about Inter County players and staff across all Gaelic Games codes in Kildare, leading by example in becoming blood donors when eligible, and encouraging others in their clubs to do so when there is next a regular clinic in their area.

This initiative was initiated by the Kildare Senior Football Team, and quickly joined and supported by the Kildare Senior Hurling Team, Kildare Senior Camogie Team, and the Kildare Senior Ladies Football Team. With the support of the four county management teams  and Kildare GAA, Kildare LGFA and Kildare Camogie , a special clinic has been arranged ,so that inter county players and management, when eligible, can become blood donors. This clinic will be run on 3rd November 2022 in Sarsfields GAA club, Newbridge.

Inter county players and management are encouraged to check their eligibility and if eligible, follow the tasks below and then to make an appointment to attend the clinic. Then as blood donors, these players will then be able to encourage others from their clubs to donate at the regular clinics in their area throughout the GAA season, even if the county players might not be eligible at that time.

Blood donation is vital to the successful running of our health services, and without blood, surgeries and treatments cannot go ahead. 1 in 4 people will require a blood transfusion in their lifetime, with nearly 70% of blood usage, with platelets, required to help patients fight cancer.

Metaphorically players give ‘blood sweat and tears’ to play the sport they love, now they are taking on the task of giving blood to someone who is loved.

Please find link Irish Blood Transfusion Service for further information:

https://www.giveblood.ie/community-support/kildare-gaa-county-initiative/

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