MORE than 200 teachers took part in a blood donation drive held simultaneously at four hospitals in Penang.
Teachers were seen donating blood at Penang Hospital as well as other government hospitals in Bukit Mertajam, Kepala Batas and Sungai Bakap.
It was part of an initiative organised by the National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) Penang branch in collaboration with state Education Department.
NUTP Penang branch chairman Ng Weng Tutt said the programme was to mark the recent Teachers Day celebration.
“We have been running the programme since 2004 as a way to help the blood bank at the hospital.
“This is to show that teachers can do more than just teach but also give back to the community through the act of donating blood.
“We are glad to see the positive response from the teachers towards this programme,” he said during the opening ceremony at Penang Hospital recently.
He added that not all those who signed up for the blood donation drive would be eligible blood donors.
“This may be due to health reasons but it is important that we continue with the effort and encourage more people to donate blood,” he said.
Also present were state Education Department Humanities and Development sector head Ismail Mohd Said and Penang Hospital medical transfusion unit head Dr Soo Peng Yen.