Red Crescent honour for blind blood donor


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 20 Jul 2008

KUCHING: Visually handicapped Alexius Libau Teggong stood tall as he was honoured by the Malaysian Red Crescent Society Kuching Chapter.

The 46-year-old Sarawak Energy Bhd office assistant was recognised as a top blood donor, having given 85 pints of blood in 22 years.

“I first gave blood to save the life of a friend who was injured in a sawmill accident in Bintulu in 1986.

“From then on, I become a regular blood donor, giving four pints every year,” Teggong told reporters after receiving a gold pin and certificate from state Assistant Minister for Environment Dr Abang Abdul Rauf Abang Zain yesterday.

Thank you: Dr Abang Rauf (centre) presenting a gold pin and certificate to Teggong in Kuching yesterdayas the chapter’s blood donors recruitment service sub-committee chairman Ayub Abdul Rahman looks on.

The chapter honoured 1,800 voluntary donors who have donated between five and 155 pints.

Other top recipients have been Marcus Raney Dios (155 pints), Goh Eng Hui (145), Awang Jaya Awang Bujang (120) and Mohamad Idi (100).

Teggong, who became blind after coming down with a high fever at the age of seven, said giving blood was a noble deed as it could help many people.

He said his son Jeremiah, 20, a college student, was also a blood donor.

The Chief Minister’s wife, Datuk Amar Laila Taib, who is patron of the Kuching chapter, said a total of 15,534 pints of blood was collected last year, a 12.9% jump from 13,762 pints in 2006.

Laila, whose speech was read out by Dr Abang Rauf, who is also the chapter chairman, said first-time donors contributed 4,327 pints last year, up from 3,311 in 2006.

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