KUCHING: Sixteen volunteers, who have each donated at least 80 pints of blood, are among over 2,000 recipients honoured this year by the Kuching Chapter of the Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS).
Heading the list is Marcus Raney Dios who donated 130 pints of blood.
Donor Satia Debataraja Mamora gave 120 pints, Awang Jaya Bujang contributed 100 pints while Basil Wee Chee Min donated 95 pints.
Other top donors are Ibrahim Razak, Jelo Salus and Mohamad Idi (90 pints each), Abdullah Tobeng and Jamil Bujang (85 pints each).
They received gold pendants and certificates from the chapter’s patron Datuk Amar Laila Taib at the annual blood donors award presentation ceremony at the City South Council hall here yesterday.
Laila’s challenge trophy for top women blood donor group went to the Federation of Kuching and Samarahan Division Chinese Associations, which collected 119 pints.
Winners of other challenge trophies were Kuching Life Care Society which won the General Officer of Command Wilayah II trophy with a total collection of 886 pints of blood, Komag USA (M) Sdn Bhd which won the Datuk Abang Abdul Karim Tun Openg trophy with a collection of 290 pints, Kuching City North Commission which grabbed the Dr Abang Abdul Rauf Abang Zain trophy with 274 pints, Kuching Life Care Society won the Teo Aik trophy, Institut Kemahiran Mara got the Cho Bok trophy with 346 pints, Sara Indah Sdn Bhd won the Lam Siong Khan trophy with 100 pints while the Armed Forces grabbed the Dr Abang Yusof Abdul Razak trophy with 722 pints of blood. Mara was the top recruiter of new blood donors.
Laila said the chapter collected 15,553 pints of blood last year, an increase from 14,548 pints in 2001.
“First time donors have increased by 6.1%,” she said.
Chapter chairman Dr Abang Abdul Rauf, who is also state assistant minister for housing, said the city was the top collector of blood among all the MRCS chapters in the country.
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