Most people get queasy at the sight of blood. But the turnout of nearly 400 people at Expo Hall 8 on 7 September 2008, all queuing to give their blood, defied that convention.
The donors came from various backgrounds — secondary school students to university undergraduates to working adults and even retirees — but all were willing to do their part for City Harvest Community Services Association’s (CHCSA) blood donation drive. The drive ran from 1pm to 7pm, but despite the long wait per person (between 30 to 45 minutes), many gamely stayed in queue.
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Every donor had to go through a quick blood test to ensure their blood was suitable. After their donation, each person was given snacks and drinks to replenish their energy, as after giving blood it’s common for donors to feel faint.
Dixon Chan, a three time blood-giver, said, “I feel that blood represents life and I know that every single drop of blood that I give will benefit a person in need.”
According to Singapore Red Cross Society, 1.5 percent of Singaporeans are regular blood donors. In comparison to the daily demand of 200 to 250 packets of blood, the amount collected is only but a drop in the ocean. In face of this huge need, CHCSA holds three to four blood donation drives yearly, encouraging people to contribute for this cause. Year after year, more than 2,400 people come forward to show their support by donating their blood. With such courageous people, the next Blood Donation Drive will certainly be yet another success.