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Partners for Life

The Members Church of God International (MCGI) is an organization that actively promotes blood donation among its members internationally. Members of the Partners for Life program in Canada since 2008, the MCGI are strong advocates for the blood system, continuously rallying together to save lives.

Led by their Presiding Ministers, Brother Eli Soriano and Brother Daniel Razon, MCGI believes that donating blood is a clear expression of love and compassion to fellow people in need.

According to Brother Eli, “Wherever our churches are located, blood donation is a part and parcel of our humanitarian initiatives.”

In the Phillipines, MCGI has been acknowledged as the country’s largest contributor of blood donations. With this in mind, the members of the organization based in Canada also committed to giving blood in their respective communities.

MCGI members first started giving in Edmonton and Toronto and participation continued to expand across the country. The Edmonton group is spearheaded by Margie Malannag-Aquino, a nurse at the University of Alberta Hospital. Margie’s profession made her a natural Partners for Life champion.

“I see every day the benefits of transfusions,” says Margie. “I know the difference it makes when a very sick patient receives blood. You can see the improvement for them almost immediately.”

As a national member of Partners for Life, MCGI has contributed more than 800 units since 2009 through regular donations in many cities, including Vancouver, Burnaby, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, North York and the Toronto area.

Their participation has grown every year and last year they exceeded their national pledge of 235 donations with a total of 380 donations including 67 from first-time donors.

In addition to organizing local groups that donate together in various Canadian cities at least four times per year, MCGI coordinates a national blood drive at least once annually. As part of this drive, members across the country choose one designated day, usually during the challenging summer months, on which all members donate.

MCGI hopes that its success and positive experience rallying people together will inspire other organizations to join Partners for Life and help save lives.

For more information visit www.blood.ca/partnersforlife.

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