CHCSA is recognized as a Champion Bloodmobile Organiser 2009 on World Blood Donor Day.
|PHOTO COURTESY OF CHCSA
The Singapore Red Cross Society and the Health Sciences Authority of Singapore celebrated World Blood Donor Day by honoring outstanding blood donors who have made contributions to the National Blood Programme. Held on June 12, a total of 1,500 individuals and groups received mention at the Champion Blood Donor Recognition Ceremony held at Clifford Pier.
Mr. Heng Chee How, Minister of State (Prime Minister’s Office), Mr. Matthias Yao, Mayor for South East CDC and Ms. Indranee Rajah, Deputy Speaker of Parliament, graced the event and presented the awards to the champion donors.
One of the recipients for the Bloodmobile Organiser Gold Award was City Harvest Community Services Association. CHCSA, which has been involved in blood donation drives since 2000, has on many occasions partnered with other associations in its efforts. This year, it collaborated with Assayafah Mosque and Jelutong Community Club on April 17, holding a blood donation drive in the mosque. In 2009 alone, CHCSA collected 2,039 units of blood through its blood drives.
Said Daryl Loh, Executive Director of CHCSA, “We started partnering with Red Cross and HSA in 2000 and since then, we have organized more than 30 drives—each of which would not be possible without the belief, commitment and giving nature of the blood donors.
“We deeply value the opportunity to serve and contribute to the community in such a meaningful way. It is wonderful to know that lives are saved and transformed through all the efforts. We look forward to continually impacting the community together with our volunteers and donors!”
Aside from the awards presentation, beneficiaries took to the platform to share about how the blood donation programs have made a difference in their lives and families; a testimonial to how blood literally saves lives.
During the ceremony, SRCS and HSA also launched the “Someone in My Family is a Blood Donor” campaign, encouraging the public to recognize the blood donors in their family by creating an online “Blood Donor Tree.”
The aim of the project is to find the family in Singapore which has the most number of blood donors. To participate, log on to www.blooddonortree.sg. The competition lasts till September 30, and the three families with the most donors will be revealed a month later at a special event to honor them.