CHCSA scores a goal in the recent Blood Donation: World Cup Mania.
Contributed By Lau Ber Nard
| CN PHOTO: Ben Lee
Give blood, give life—a phrase familiar to all. Once again City Harvest Community Services Association worked hand in hand with the Health Sciences Authority of Singapore to host a blood donation drive from June 26 to 27. True to their nature of staying relevant to society in creative and innovative ways, CHCSA’s blood drive circled around the theme: World Cup Mania.
Walking into the venue at The Riverwalk decorated with flags of the 32 nations participating in the World Cup, blood donors were greeted with big smiles by the friendly volunteers of CHCSA. Donning soccer jerseys, they were armed with their very own “hat trick” of games, including the Football Pyramid Trivia, Drib-a-ball and an Xbox360 console with Winning Eleven.
During the two days, a total of 190 donors came down to register for the blood donation. Not only were they willing to donate their blood, they were more than willing to queue up and wait their turn at participating in the football-themed games. Donors and friends stayed behind to enjoy the bustling holding area filled with exciting activities and fun.
When asked about the motivation behind having a World Cup Mania theme, mastermind behind the idea, Yeo Ying Fang, a volunteer of CHCSA, said, “It was a good opportunity to leverage on the hype of the World Cup which only comes around once in four years.”
Another volunteer, Sim Kiat Seng, who is also a veteran blood donor, expressed his concern about the lack of blood bags for usage in local hospitals. Through blood donation drives as these and willing donors, “It’s a great way to show care and concern for the community.”
Like any good soccer team, it’s more than just having one excellent player calling the shots. There has to be teamwork in order to bring about a victory.
So the next time you hear about an upcoming blood drive, why not head down and register to donate? Not only will it take just a little of your time, donating blood is actually very good for our body as it helps to build a healthier immune system.
For more information on blood donation drives organized by CHCSA, log on to www.chcsa.org.sg