There is a saying, “To give is to receive.” I cannot think of anything more appropriate, more relevant and more meaningful than the gift of donating blood—the gift of life! I quote from an earlier post World Blood Donor Day …
Voluntary, non-remunerated blood donors (hereafter referred to as voluntary blood donors, or simply vnrbd) are the lifeblood of a community and are considered to be the source of the safest blood and blood products for patients. Their donation is an altruistic gift and NOT a marketable commodity. This places them in a unique position, demanding special respect and care; it also places a responsibility on all involved in public health care to treat voluntary blood donors as VIPs. And hence World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) has been established to celebrate and thank voluntary blood donors for their gift of life.
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On 31 July 2009 I covered an blood donation campaign at Champion Technologies in Seria on behalf of The Brunei Times and little did I realize I too became a part of the company’s statistics in donating blood. It was an opportunity I could not turn down consider ing it was a right thing to do and I am not afraid of needles.
The campaign was one of a number of efforts to celebrate the company’s one year anniversary come September 2009 by giving something back to the community. I had an opportunity to get acquainted with the team from the Dept of Laboratory Services of Suri Seri Begawan hospital in Kuala Belait. Well done guys!