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Bloodbank Gets Boost on SPH Red Apple Day (ST)

BackJul 18, 2012

RETIREE Yap Fong Ying, 52, made her first blood donation to her nephew who had been in a motorcycle accident more than 20 years ago.

She has not looked back since.

Yesterday, she made her 21st blood donation on "Red Apple Day", the biannual blood donation drive of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH). By day's end, 165 units of blood had been collected.

SPH's chief executive officer Alan Chan, himself a regular blood donor, said the biannual event has helped raise the stocks at the Bloodbank, and added: "SPH and the Singapore Red Cross will continue to work together to save more lives."

Dr Sam Wong from Parkway Shenton, who has been practising at the SPH in-house clinic for about a year, made his second blood donation yesterday.

The 34-year-old general practitioner, who gave blood for the first time at SPH's Red Apple Day in January, said: "There's still no readily available product that can replicate the properties of blood, and it's an important life-saving material. Since the donated blood can be replaced by the body in two days, it's physiologically safe to donate, and I'll be helping someone in the process."