BLOOD donors can look forward to receiving a cake and mooncake after doing their good deed at St Jo’s, Level 1 at Gurney Paragon Mall in Penang on Malaysia Day.
The blood donation campaign on Thursday will take place from 10am to 4pm.
Pulau Tikus assemblyman Chris Lee urged the public to volunteer and help hospitals in Penang replenish blood supplies that have been running low for months.
“I understand that more people are staying away from health facilities as they fear contracting the Covid-19 virus.
“But in these trying times, we need blood supplies, especially when there is a crisis.
“I encourage people to come forward and help.
“We are holding this campaign for the purpose of saving lives,” he said in a press conference via Zoom.
Lee also said blood donation was vital to help hospitals deal with specific shortages or an emergency.
“People must still take precaution wherever they are.
“So I urge all who come to wear their masks and stay safe.”
Also present in the virtual press conference was the campaign’s organising committee member and Gurney Drive Village Community Management Council chairman Ooi Su Ching.
Ooi said St Jo’s was chosen as the event’s venue as the place had good air ventilation and space for people to come and go.
St John Ambulance of Malaysia representative Kelvin Yeoh also spoke to encourage blood donors.
“We urge everyone who is healthy to come forward.
“The blood bank is running low and every able-bodied Penangite should do their part in saving the lives of others.
“Interested blood donors will go through a blood pressure check before they can donate,” said Yeoh.