307 Donate Blood on SPH's Red Apple Day (ST)

BackJul 08, 2011

STUDENT Jessica Lee overcame her fear of the needle to donate blood - in her case, the rare AB type - yesterday.

'I don't have a lot of money to donate but I'd like to do my part and help the needy by donating blood,' said the Nanyang Technological University undergraduate at a blood donation drive in News Centre at Toa Payoh North.

'Also, my blood type is AB, which is rare, and I thought it'd be good to donate just in case someone else with the same blood type needs it,' added Ms Lee, 20.

The Red Apple Day event, jointly organised by the Singapore Red Cross Society and Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), drew 307 donors, both SPH staff and members of the public, and collected 234 units of blood.

The last such event on Jan 25 yielded 166 units of blood from 280 donors.

Launched in 2001, the event was originally held once a year. In response to a dip in blood donations during the festive period, SPH decided to add another drive earlier this year in January.

About 350 units of blood are needed daily for bleeding emergencies and to treat hospital patients undergoing critical transplant surgery or who are suffering from haematologic cancers.

SPH chief executive Alan Chan, who has been donating blood yearly since he was 18 and who did so again yesterday, urged more people to join in.

'Donating blood is part and parcel of our social responsibility. It is a very special type of donation, something different from writing a cheque and donating money. Your blood will help save lives,' he said.

Those wishing to donate blood must be aged between 16 and 60, weigh more than 45kg and have not fallen ill in the past three weeks. They must not be anaemic.

To find out more about blood donation, call the Health Sciences Authority on 6213-0626.