I started donating blood when I was 16, as my mother had a blood deficiency condition and I understood the importance of blood in sustaining one’s life. To keep track of my donation schedule, I would pencil in my next donation date on a whiteboard display in my room. Blood donation is something you can do at your own convenience and at the same time, it is a simple way to give back to the community.
My passion for blood donation turned into an advocacy. I have encouraged 20 friends to make their maiden blood donations thus far, with two of them becoming regular blood donors themselves. Blood donation has become a part of my lifestyle. I gain satisfaction in the knowledge that I am helping others by donating blood and that my blood can save another's life. These keep me motivated to continue giving blood even when I go through rough patches in life.