Differently abled persons to donate blood

Teh (on wheelchair, left) with others committee members and sponsors during the press conference to announce the upcoming blood donation campaign at the Caring Society Complex in George Town.

NOW into its 20th year, the annual blood donation campaign of the Society of Disabled Person Penang (SDPP) will take place this Sunday.

“If a disabled person can donate blood, so can you, ” said society president Datuk Teh Lay Kuan.

She said SDPP aimed to collect at least 100 bags of blood for Penang Hospital and urged Penangites to step forward.

“Although we are differently abled, we can find ways to help society. Some of us will be donating blood at the event.

“We want to raise awareness that it is not scary to donate blood and that if we can do it, so can everyone else.

“We hope the public will come forward and support our event as we want to reach our target, ” she said at a press conference at the Caring Society Complex in Jalan Utama, George Town.

Teh said Penang Hospital is running low on blood and donors are unsung heroes.

“At our event, donors who have donated blood more than 30 times will be entitled to a gift hamper, while stocks last.

“Every donor will also be presented with a small participation gift, ” she said.

Society secretary Yeap Ean Chun said he would be donating blood too.

“I hope people are encouraged to come forward after they see me donate blood. They can save a life and make a difference, ” he said.

The campaign is organised by the society in collaboration with Buddha’s Light International Association (Penang Branch), Un Khuay Hoay Kuan Association and Caring Rehabilitation Society of People with Disabilities Penang.

Magnum Cares will provide goodie bags for the donors.

Donors are reminded to bring along their blood donation record booklet.

The campaign will be held at Caring Society Complex (Rooms One and Two) in Jalan Utama on Sunday from 9am to 1.30pm.

For details, contact SDPP at 04-2281058.

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