MeDirect staff donate blood to save a life

MeDirect held an internal blood drive at our Head Office in Sliema for staff members. Volunteers from the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) brought their equipment to the Head Office and set up a medical examination area, preliminary testing area, and blood donation area. This allowed MeDirect employees to donate blood without having to leave the office. 

The national blood transfusion unit strives to provide a sustainable safe blood supply in the Maltese Islands. The services offered include counselling to donors, basic biochemical screening and awareness campaigns on the importance of blood donation.

When speaking about the function of the organisation, Dr Alex Aquilina – the Director of the NBTS, explains that many people who receive blood would not have anticipated their need for a blood transfusion in the near future. Similarly, the NBTS wants people across Malta to have peace of mind that blood is readily available and safe to be transfused if people should require it. As a result, Dr Aquilina followed up by saying that “the aim for the existence of the blood transfusion service is to provide a sustainable and safe blood supply.”

In 2018, over 15,000 individuals donated blood; 10,000 were male, and 5,000 were female. The largest group of donors were between the ages of 46-55, with the smallest age group being 17-25. When it comes to specific blood groups, the most frequently donated is O+ and A+, with over 6,000 donations each. On the other hand, there were only approximately 1,000 donations each for the O-, A- and B+ blood groups. Furthermore, the AB+ blood group had less than 500 donations, and there were no donations for the B- and AB- blood groups.

Dr Aquilina states that at the end of the day, the only way a blood bank can function is if blood is available, and this can only be achieved through the generous donations that people make. He thanks all current donors and reminds people that there are always individuals out there who need blood transfusions.

Towards lunch time, talks were held at the staff canteen regarding ergonomics delivered by Mr. Matthew Camilleri who is a Physiotherapist. He went on by discussing the importance of posture in the place of work among other topics. Following his talk an organ donation speech was delivered by Ms. Patricia Galea who is the Director Health Care Standards Department for Health Regulation who stated the utmost importance of organ donation subscription at this day and age. For further information on how to become a donor please visit their website.

If you would like to learn more about the National Blood Transfusion Service and how you can become a donor, you can visit their Facebook page or website. MeDirect would like to thank all the employees who participated in the blood drive and gave a donation to help towards saving a life.

“It costs you nothing, it may be slightly inconvenient, time consuming etc. but what is all this next to saving a life?”

The Stompers RFC takes the title yet again in this season’s MeDirect Bank Cup

On Saturday 27th April 2019, the Stompers Rugby Football Club doubled up the silverware taking this season’s MeDirect Bank Cup. It was a great match, played under the scorching sun where the Stompers managed to overcome the Kavallieri Rugby Football Club’s stern challenge. Apart from winning the CISK League this season, the Stompers were also victorious in last season’s MeDirect Bank Cup final, making them undefeated for the past two seasons. The MeDirect Bank Cup Final, from start to finish, was an exceptional contest and one of the most gripping to watch this this year.


The MeDirect Bank Cup final recap:

The match did not start on the bright side for the Kavallieri, as Heathley, freshly returning from an injury sustained in a previous game, was yet again wounded in the first minute and had to be replaced with Edmunds. This in turn gave the Stompers an advantage where they drew first blood some minutes later. This occurred when Betts was given a pass from a central play-move and sprinted towards the try-line while grounding the ball with no conversion being made.

Stompers 5 – Kavallieri 0

As the game progressed, the Stompers continued to pile pressure on the Kavallieri’s backline, thanks to a flowing forward drive scored by the evergreen Richard Gum. The latter continued to pile misery on the Kavallieri by converting his own try.

Stompers 12 – Kavallieri 0

Frustrated with the score, the Kavallieri did not manage to create too many goal-scoring opportunities. Nevertheless, full back Eduard Toderika pierced the Stompers’ strict defence-line after a supporting move by the Kavallieri’s pack.

Stompers 12 – Kavallieri 5

Both rugby teams continued to exchange fierce forward drives by respective side forward lines, resulting in two converted tries by the Stompers’ Keith Azzopardi and the Kavallieri’s Branton Bonello. Both tries were converted, ending the first half on the MeDirect Bank Cup Final.

Stompers 19 – Kavallieri 12

After a slow start to the second half, both sides played defensive rugby with the Stompers catching ground to score two successive tries by Gary Hili and Malcolm Attard. Both tries were not converted, with the match ending and the Stompers being crowned victorious once more.

Final Score: Stompers 29 – Kavallieri 12


The match was skillfully refereed by Sean Doublesin, aided by Sam Ramage and Ileana Brown. Each team member was awarded a medal, along with the highly coveted MeDirect Bank Cup trophy. These accolades were presented by MeDirect Bank representative Ingrid Micallef, handing the medals to the runners-up and winners, while crowning the Stompers RFC as the MeDirect Bank Cup winners for the second time in a row.

The team at MeDirect Bank would like to congratulate all Rugby Football Clubs this season for participating and making this MeDirect Bank Cup one to remember.


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