Honouring heroes: Kurup ( third from left) presenting a certificate to a blood donor while (from right) organising chairman Cheah Aun Heng, superintendent venerable Ming Ji, Hee and Lee look on.
PJ KWAN Inn Teng organised its 20th Blood Donation Campaign in Petaling Jaya recently.
The campaign, launched by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Joseph Kurup, saw some 5,000 people turning up to donate blood.
Speaking at the event, Kurup
said unity among the various races was vital for the progress of the nation.
“To destroy unity is easy but to achieve it, all of us need to work together,” he stressed.
The Minister in charge of national unity, peace and harmony also said blood donors were unsung heroes who came forward to give blood to save lives.
The PJ Kwan Inn Teng Blood Donation Campaign began in 1995, with a collection of a few hundred bags of blood.
After the fifth year, the number of bags increased to more than a thousand.
Last year, they collected some 1,800 bags of blood.
The National Blood Centre has been collaborating with PJ Kwan Inn Teng since it first started the campaign.
Kurup said the blood donation drive was an excellent example of unity among Malaysians regardless of race and religion.
This year, the campaign had 2,388 registered blood donors. Of the number, 388 deferred giving their blood.
In total, 2,000 bags of blood were collected.
Also present at the campaign were Petaling Jaya Selatan MP Hee Loy Sian, MBPJ councillor Lee Suet Sen and National Blood Centre deputy director Datuk Dr Faraizah Abdul Karim.