Over a hundred members of the public volunteered to donate their blood during a blood donation drive recently. The event was held at the concourse of Aeon Kinta City, Ipoh on Sunday, January 18. It was jointly organised by the National Association of Malaysia Life Insurance and Financial Advisers and the Y’s Men’s Club of Ipoh.
The objective of the drive was two-fold. One was to replenish the depleted Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun’s blood bank. The other was to encourage the public to donate their blood for a worthy cause. Judging from the response, the aim was achieved although there was not much publicity.
Out of the 100-odd who volunteered only 81 were accepted. The remaining was refused for a number of reasons – poor health being a major determinant.
Present to oversee the operation was Dr Balraj Singh Sidhu of Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun. He was assisted by two nurses and four medical staff.
The blood donation drive is an annual affair undertaken by the Y’s Men’s Club of Ipoh and like-minded non-governmental organisations.