A total of 74 pints of blood was collected during a blood donation organised by the Malaysian Association (PWM) recently at Traders Inn.
The blood donation drive is one of the many activities hosted by the association that aimed to foster good relations amongst Malaysians living in Brunei along with the locals as well as other communities in the country.
President of PWM James Lee said that it was not the first time for the establishment to conduct the blood donation drive for it has hosted several campaigns for 20 years.
He added that the response of the event has been very encouraging, banding members of various communities together for a good cause.
“We not only encourage our members to donate blood, but we also invite people from all backgrounds to donate blood,” said Lee.
The event also saw a positive increase in people registering for the blood donation drive, with a record of more than 70 registered for the good cause.
For James, being able to donate blood is a blessing as he has been a donor for more than 18 years.
“I am happy that even at my age, I am still fit enough to donate blood,” he said cheerfully after donating his 20th pint.
Moreover, donating blood never gets old for lifetime member of PWM, Low Tong Wah who has been rolling up his sleeves and donating since 1986.
Low is one of the top five donors in the sultanate with donations totalling to 141. His first recorded donation in Brunei was in 1991.
Like clockwork, the 65-year-old never missed a chance to give blood. His main goal is to keep donating blood and helping people for as long as he is healthy and fit.
He recommends that others should start donating blood, especially young people.
On his part, Hj Mohd Eddy Adzyn Hj Zaman is also no stranger to giving blood whose first donation was in 2002.
“It is something I can do to help other people and I strongly encourage others to do their part as well. There are many in need of it and also helping to increase reserves at the blood donation centre,” he added.
Moreover, every donor was given an appreciation certificate and custom-made mask courtesy of PWM and a goodie bag generously sponsored by the Sin Guan Brothers.
Besides the blood donation campaign, PWM previously donated $10,000 to the ministry of health to support the government’s efforts in managing and controlling the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak in the sultanate.
The association continues to demonstrate their commitment to assist whenever possible, in the fostering of good relations between Malaysians and other residents in the sultanate.
The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN