Thursday, September 17, 2009

Two different organisations

Give Blood Now

Jenny & Cassandra

Many organisations took the opportunity to inform the public about their work during Haninge Day. Here are two of them. On the top photo you can see the blood bus from the Swedish Blood Centre. I decided to have a look inside and that's where I found Pia. She was dressed in her scout uniform (the scouts were also informing about their activities during the celebrations). I asked if I could get a photo of her while she was donating her 4,5 decilitre blood and she was fine with that, as was the nurse Ingrid who was making sure that everything was working fine. To donate blood in Sweden you need to be healthy, have an ID card weigh over 50 kilo and be somewhere between 18 and 60 years old. Every year people in Sweden donate around 2 million litres of blood.

Second photo shows the smiling duo Jenny and Cassandra. Two members of the volunteer organisation Bilkåren. The English title is The Federation of Women's Motor Transport Corporation. One of 19 volunteer organisations in the Swedish defence force. Bilkåren dates back to 1939. That's when the first female volunteer ambulance drivers and truck drivers got involved in the defence force. Today they have around 6000 members. Jenny and Cassandra seemed to be a big hit with the local kids, if you look closely you can see one happy kid behind the wheel.

9 comments:

Don and Krise said...

Your first photo reminds me that I have to get back to donating blood. I used to regularly, but haven't in a while. Great expressions in the second one.

Buck said...

Marvelous photos of very friendly looking people - much friendlier than people in my city I think.

We call the blood bus a 'bloodmobile' over here. I have given 121 times; mostly because it is easy for me.

Olivier said...

je vote pour la première ;o)

Baruch said...

Great photos and interesting info. It's so great if someone can donate blood. Unfortunately I cannot donate :(

Leif Hagen said...

Both very important community work! Both great photos, Steffe Meister!

Lois said...

Two very worthwhile groups for sure!

Gunn White said...

Nice and informative photos!

Tinsie said...

I love these shots - three organisations in one post (even though you say two)!

Per Stromsjo said...

Hats off to blood donors near and far. I should be one too. Thanks for reminding.