14 June 2018: Bermuda Hospitals Board and the Ministry of Health today reveal Bacardi Limited as the winner of Bermuda’s Corporate Blood Drive Competition 2018, as part of the celebration of World Blood Donor Day. This is the second time in successive years Bacardi has won the competition. In second place was Butterfield & Vallis and in third, Hamilton Re Group.
In its sixth year, the Corporate Blood Donor Drive encouraged 484 whole blood and apheresis donations in total from all competing companies in 2018. That is 14% more than in the 2017 competition and the highest number of donations in any previous year of the competition. It represents about a quarter of all donations over the year.
The Hon Kim Wilson, JP MP, Minister of Health, comments: “Congratulations to Bacardi and thank you to all the competing companies! The Ministry is proud to partner with the Bermuda Blood Donor Centre and BHB for this competition. It’s a great way to encourage blood donations and there is no better return on investment for a company’s community giving than saving lives. Thank you to all the support from our local companies to encourage and support those donating.”
The 18 competing companies were: Argo, Argus, Bacardi Ltd, Bank of NT Butterfield, Bermuda Police Service, BF&M, Bermuda Monetary Authority, Butterfield & Vallis, Department of Corrections, Department of Customs, Department of Health, Fidelity, Hamilton Re Group, Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, Kitson Group of Companies, Lancashire Insurance Company Ltd, SunLife Financial International and Zurich Bermuda.
Dr Eyitayo Fakunle, BHB’s consultant haematologist, comments: “It’s two years in a row for Bacardi and the competition was on fire this year! What great competitors we had. While someone has to win, every donation counts and all our competing companies have saved lives. Every person who donates is there in someone else’s hour of need – they are unsung and anonymous heroes for countless people in Bermuda. It is with gratitude as well as congratulations that we thank the competitors.”
Lisa Frias, Manager, Global Finance, Bacardi Limited, adds: “We are excited to have won for a second consecutive year, our second year of participating in the Corporate Blood Drive. Our staff, their families and friends, and even a few of our consultants, responded well, showing the caring that our company is known for. While we’re happy to have won the trophy, we realise it is a competition in which no one loses. We’re proud to have contributed along with all the other Corporate Blood Drive participants to providing for a record number of donations in the competition.”