Thursday is blood donation day at SPH (ST)

BackMar 30, 2010

SINGAPORE Press Holdings (SPH) will hold a blood donation drive at its News Centre premises on Thursday.

The event is dubbed the SPH Red Apple Day, for the apple each blood donor is given afterwards to keep the proverbial doctor away.

The media giant is organising the event with its neighbour in Toa Payoh North, Beatty Secondary School, and the Singapore Red Cross Society.

People who want to donate blood can go to the SPH News Centre Auditorium between noon and 5pm that day.

SPH chief executive Alan Chan and SPH staff, along with staff and students of Beatty Secondary, will do their bit from 11am.

This is the 10th time SPH has organised Red Apple Day. The last one - held two years ago - saw 223 units of blood given by about 300 donors.

About 350 units of blood are needed every day to meet the transfusion needs of patients, but the average of 250 units collected daily falls short of this.

Those wishing to donate blood must be aged between 16 and 60, weigh more than 45kg and have been clear of illnesses in the past three weeks.

The potential donor must not be anaemic. Only those with haemoglobin levels of at least

12.5 g/dl on the day of donation will be allowed to give blood.