Sunday, 18 October 2015

WE NEED MORE BLACK DONORS*

On Sincerely Shug the posts I write are not always about lipsticks and wishlists, sometimes I get a little bit more serious and write about things that are happening in real life- lifestyle posts.
You have seen me cover things from mental health, to what it was like being homeless, this time I want to bring to you something that previously I only spoke about with family and friends. The topic that we hear about but never act out- Blood Donation and Organ Donation. More specifically I want to talk about donors from Black and Ethnic Minority Groups. We need more black people to register and become donors to help save lives, black people are the most under represented as blood donors with less than 1% of active donors- now what does that say about our community? 

This month is BLACK HISTORY MONTH, and the NHS is calling upon black and ethnic groups to register as blood, organ and stem donors and BE THERE for people who need life saving or life enhancing blood transfusions, stem cell transplants and organ transplants. With black, mixed-race and ethnic minority groups having the least registered donors, it takes longer for those people awaiting donation to get the help they need, those waiting for blood donation/cell transplants will averagely wait longer to find a match. With currently 600 people waiting for an organ transplants; black people will often wait a year longer for a kidney transplant than people from white backgrounds. 

''We need a new generation of life savers from the black community'' 
[George The Poet: The Human Story- Awareness Video]

Humans have always been selfish beings, but when it comes to a loved one we would do anything to see them smile, watch them grow and hear them laugh. If your mother, brother, sister, cousin was in this position needing a donor- you would jump at the chance to help- because you care, so why does it become a different story trying to save another persons life. Life is life and everyone's is just as precious as the next mans, think about this as you walk in full health to the shop or as you tuck yourself in at night.
In order to save a life we need to see lives as equal, let's stand up and make our community proud, spread the news WE NEED MORE BLACK DONORS.
I'm donating will you?

Why watch people DIE if we can watch people LIVE
Find out more on becoming a donor here
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