The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me!

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

It’s Dean and I’m writing to thank you for coming to redjeans.org — this is my passion project which I’ve been incubating for a while and wanted to see through.

This is the first entry in the blog and I wanted to share the genesis for why I’ve decided to go on this journey. A little bit of history is in order.

I was born in the Philippines and was lucky enough to be born at a fairly sophisticated hospital in a large metropolitan city: Manila. My mom, in the process of giving birth to me, had haemorrhaged and needed a significant amount of blood transfused to survive the ordeal. Needless to say, this journey is personal for me.

I named the site Red Jeans because my mom’s name is Jean and I owe a great debt of gratitude to the anonymous blood donors, without whom my mother could have perished, that fateful day decades ago. I could have lost my mom then and 30+ years in I’m inspired to do something to encourage more people to donate blood regularly.

The vision I have in my head when I get the chance to donate blood myself is that someday soon the blood might help another mother giving birth and give them a chance to be around to raise their child. I think about what that mother might still be able to do and the life the child will have with that mother. I wish they have the same chances my mom and I did throughout my wonderful life.

This effort is very near and dear to my heart and I’m sure you know someone or you yourself might have needed blood transfusions.

The sad reality is that there’s usually not enough blood available to fill the demand throughout the world. I want to be part of the solution here and I’m devoting time and some resources to kick this project off.

Now I come to the part where I ask for your help.

If you would like to contribute, please do so in the following ways:

  • Help publicise the cause. In social media, please use the hashtag #RedJeans in your story for how someone you know, or how you yourself, have needed blood transfusions and how it’s affected your life.
  • Organise a blood donation drive or get friends and colleagues together to donate blood. Post pictures of your excursion and celebration on social media and use the hashtag #RedJeans and tell people about the effort.
  • Help with content on the site — if you’d like your article to appear on the site, please reach out to the team@redjeans.org and we’ll work with you to get your article published.
  • Organisation and Administration — if you’re in Sydney and are passionate about this cause and would like to be part of the administrative parts of the effort, please reach out and let’s get together.

In the next few days I’ll continue to add content and get more of the organisational bits going. In the meantime please follow @readjeansorg on Twitter to stay up to date with the efforts.

Thank you for reading!

— Dean Berris, redjeans.org founder.

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