THE National Blood Bank received a boost when Columbia Asia Hospital in Puchong organised a mobile blood bank on Tuesday to help increase its blood supply.
Blood from 41 approved donors was collected during the donation drive that was held from 9am to 4pm.
According to a representative of Columbia Asia, blood donation drives are usually held just before a major national holiday.
The blood bank needs a ready supply in view of the increased number of accidents that occur during the holidays.
Even though it was a weekday, many showed up to donate blood.
A donor, who only wanted to be known as Cheng, 26, said it was his way of giving back to the community.
“My mother is unable to donate blood, so I would like to think that I am taking up the responsibility instead,” he said.
First-time donor Krishna Rau, 31, said he was aware of the lack of blood supply in the blood bank.
“I realise that there is a need for the public to donate blood, and even though this is my first time, I am planning to donate more often in the future,” he said at the Columbia Asia Hospital.
Another common denominator among the donors interviewed was a strong family history of donating blood.
Taxi marshall Zulamaly, 28, said it was the twelfth time he was donating blood.
“I am doing it so that the hospital would be able to use my blood in time of need,” he said.
He added that his father was also a regular blood donor.
Christine Liew, 31, said her sister, a regular donor, had encouraged her to donate blood.
“My father and my sister will be coming later in the afternoon to donate blood.
“I come from a health-conscious family, and we are aware of the benefits of donating blood,” she said.
Some of the Columbia Asia employees were also eager to donate.
Among them were Columbia Asia finance executives Dominic Steven, 30, and Dinesh Raj, 20.
They had spontaneously decided to do their bit after learning that the blood drive was being held.
“This is my third time and I think I will get my brother to donate, too, in future,” Dinesh said.
Columbia Asia will be holding another blood drive at a Sikh Gurdwara in conjunction with Vasakhi.