Today is the last day you can make a difference in someone’s life by donating blood to the American Red Cross as part of HBO’s Bleed for the Throne campaign. The events started on March 7 and climaxed with an elaborate interactive event at SXSW in Austin, Texas.
Over the last few days, the official Game of Thrones Twitter account has been getting the word out with a little help from the Game of Thrones cast members, including Maisie Williams (Arya Stark):
“My nan gave blood well into her sixties and seventies, I think, which is usually longer than recommended, but she had such a well-used blood type that it was really important for her to keep giving,” says Williams. “And that’s inspired me so much, so I think together, we should all chip in and Bleed for the Throne.”
Liam Cunningham is on the blood wagon, too:
“When I was about 18-19 years of age I went to my local blood bank to give blood. Then when the results of my blood came back they informed me that I was O Negative,” he explains. “And what that means is, when anyone comes in, in an emergency, my blood is the kind of blood you can inject straight in before you’ve tested the victim or person in trouble.”
They sent me a little badge saying I was a VIP; I felt incredibly special. But that doesn’t mean your blood is not useful, all blood is life-saving. Do it, it’s a wonderful thing to do. Give blood.
Gemma Whelan (Yara Greyjoy) has been largely missing from the season 8 promotional materials, but she’s out here to encourage people to give:
Finally, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) talks about his family was directly affected by blood donations:
I received six units of blood after a very bad accident, so I can honestly say that people who donate blood saved my life. So if you can, do something great and Bleed for the Throne by donating blood today. For locations around the U.S., check out this link and make an appointment.