MALACCA: In an effort to make people feel that blood donation is also a pious act, Zhang Sheng Temple held its second blood donation drive at its temple compound.
Temple’s advisor and founder, Desmond Ee said they surprised and very happy with the second blood donation drive with over double the number of donors showed up at the drive held on Sunday.
Over 130 donors turned up but unfortunately only 90 were successful donors, compared to last year where only 80 donors in total turned up.
Ee said under its continuous project to promote blood donation and as a result of the overwhelming response to the drive, another one is schedule to be held in August this year.
“Holding a blood donation drive is a noble deed as it is a way of giving back to society by saving lives and it is an act of virtue towards mankind,” he said.
Malacca Historic City Council (MBMB) publicity officer, Tan Jeok Kwang who was present at the event praised the temple and non-government organisations (NGOs) for holding blood donation drives that has helped the blood bank to replenish their supply.
The foyer and five-foot-way of the temple premises were converted into a free health check-up camp for members of the public and devotees and even children who had the blood pressure and weight checked among others.
The devotees and members of the public who visited the temple was touched by the effort of the temple for a prayer for the loss of 50,000 chicks perished in the fire mishap recently.
Chairman of Malacca Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Vincent Low thanked the temple by presenting a token of appreciation to temple’s spokesman, Jimmy Lim Teck Leong which was witnessed by Tan, temple chairman Charles Teh and others during a simple and meaningful ceremony held during the donation drive.
Also present at the blood donation drive were the temple committee members Lee Wei Kiong, Yap Kim Song, Ee Kim Tiong, Peter Ee and May Ngeow.