I was inspired to donate blood because my parents were blood donors. I have followed them to their blood donation sessions ever since I was young, so it was natural for me to start donating once I could.
I make it a point to set a reminder in my calendar so that it prompts me to donate blood every month. As my work is flexible and my company is supportive, I will make an appointment for the donation in the morning and go back to the office in the afternoon. I would feel disappointed if I fall sick and have to miss the appointment.
It takes only two hours of my time for each blood donation session. This is a small effort on my part, but an essential act to save lives.
My late father needed a blood transfusion after being diagnosed with some health issues. It made me realise that there are people out there like him who need blood to save their lives. Finding time to donate regularly is a challenge for me, and takes commitment. I started out as a whole blood donor, and switched to apheresis donation when I realised that my blood type was suited for platelets and plasma donation. One week before donation, I will cut down on caffeine and increase my iron intake by eating food such as green leafy vegetables, legumes and beans.
You have nothing to lose by donating blood regularly, and at the same time, you are saving three lives with every blood donation you make.
I made my first donation at a community blood drive when I was 36 years old as I wanted to experience blood donation. When I saw the needle, I thought it would be painful. However, the process was not as bad as I thought and I ended up enjoying the experience. After my first donation, it felt good to be able to save lives so I started donating regularly. I have made a lot of friends through regular donations at the blood banks.
It doesn’t hurt to donate blood. If I can donate blood, so can you. Blood donation is all about helping those in need.
I started donating blood at my school’s blood donation drive and subsequently switched to apheresis donation as I could then donate at shorter intervals. Although I have already attained the Medal for Life award, I will continue to donate so long as my health allows it.
I have always believed in leading by example. I hope that by donating regularly, I can encourage those around me to give blood and help to keep Singapore’s blood stocks at healthy levels.
At 17, I wanted to donate blood at my school’s donation drive but I needed parental consent at that time. I told my parents I wanted to try donating blood because I could save three lives with just one donation. Once I turned 18 and no longer needed consent, I started donating blood regularly. My parents didn’t even realise that I am a regular donor until I was in my twenties. Currently, I donate about eight times a year as I do apheresis donation.
I feel that there should be more blood donors in Singapore and one should start blood donation at a young age. One bag of blood can save three lives, so with four donations in a year, you can save up to 12 lives!
My donation journey started when I responded to an acquaintance’s call for blood donation and I have not looked back since. I’ve been a regular donor for the past 30 years and I will continue to give blood as long as I get the all-clear from my health assessment. It has become a habit for me to donate blood and I would feel that something is missing if I missed a donation.
Donating blood is one way of giving back to society. You cannot manufacture blood like medicine, so it’s important for people to realise the significance of this act of giving.
As the national sport volunteer movement, we responded readily when we heard that the blood banks were low in blood stocks due to the circuit breaker. As it was our first time organising a mobile blood drive at sport centres, we faced challenges finding suitable venues that could meet the minimum requirements for safe management measures.
After organising blood mobile drives, we realised that it is a privilege to be able to donate blood because we have witnessed many Team Nila volunteers were unable to donate despite their good intentions. We hope to see more organisations come onboard and encourage their staff to stay active, eat healthily and give back to the community meaningfully.
Our church used to organise blood mobile drives in the past and we started again last year, in response to a public call as there was a shortage of blood in the blood banks during the circuit breaker period. The experience was quite memorable. We not only had to take care of the usual logistics, we also ensured adequate safety measures were in place for medical workers, donors and volunteers.
Blood donation is one of the simplest ways to help people in need. The donation process takes just minutes but one contribution could change someone’s life forever.
Since the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak, we’ve supported the Singapore Red Cross in their community relief efforts. A key initiative we helped with was organising blood donation drives across Frasers Property commercial or retail properties in Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, especially when blood stocks run low. With the professional support rendered by SRC, mobilisation and management of these blood donation drives have been smooth and efficient, even with enhanced safe distancing measures.
We remain committed to supporting SRC’s causes by leveraging our people, experience and mix of real estate spaces.
Awarded to female and male donors who have made 100 and 125 donations respectively