What Have You Done With the Life You Were Given?

| December 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

Rolf Benirschke is a prominent San Diego leader, who was also a San Diego Charger for ten years.

“Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.”
– Distinguished Theologian

I am sure we can all agree that there are days when we start to feel that our world is falling apart and we anticipate that nothing good is on the horizon. Then suddenly, we learn of people doing amazing things in their own quiet ways to truly make a difference in our world.

In this issue you will see lots of examples of people doing amazing things and the results of their efforts are extremely encouraging. It proves that the world can improve if we pull together to make a difference.

One of those people who has worked to make a difference is Rolf Benirschke, a prominent San Diego leader, who was also a San Diego Charger for ten years and had the title of the “third most accurate placekicker in NFL history at the time of his retirement.”

He was instrumental in starting the Annual Charger’s Blood Drive. Now he is also a driving force in continuing this effort, however, with more energy and new team involvement.

It is extremely encouraging to know that the San Diego Blood Bank, in partnership with the San Diego Padres, San Diego Gulls, Holiday Bowl, Sockers, Rolf Benirschke and many other prominent San Diego leaders, will host a new event, San Diego Cares: It’s in our Blood on Saturday, December 16, 2017 to replace the loss of the annual San Diego Charger’s Blood Drive.

San Diego’s new annual blood drive will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Town & Country Convention Center in Mission Valley and will feature an all-day blood drive, live entertainment, sports-themed activities and appearances by various local sports teams, as well as interactive celebrity panels throughout the day that will allow attendees to interact with athletes and alumni from various sports.

The annual Chargers Blood Drive, which has been a tradition in San Diego for 38 years, collected over 74,000 pints of blood in total. Since each pint can save up to three lives, Chargers Blood Drive saved nearly 222,000 lives – enough to fill Qualcomm Stadium three times over.

To be eligible to donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with parental consent), weigh at least 114 pounds, and be in general good health. To learn more, visit iCareSanDiego.com or call 1-800-469-7322.

For those of you who have never had to rely on blood, you are fortunate. For everyone else, you know that you are alive because of the generosity of blood donors.

Though this may seem insignificant in the scheme of things, your donation makes a huge different to the recipients of your contribution.

If donating blood isn’t something that you can do, then consider all the options that are shared in this issue of the Presidio Sentinel. This is the perfect time to ask of yourself, “What have I done with the life that I have been given, and what can I do to make a positive difference?”

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