MIRI: The Malaysia Red Crescent (MRC) Miri Chapter celebrates its 27th anniversary this year with the achievement of 100 per cent non-remunerated donations of blood and blood components.
Assistant Minister of Communications Datuk Lee Kim Shin, who is Miri MRC first vice-chairman, said the chapter also reached its last year’s target of collecting 8,000 pints through donation drives.
“This year, the Miri Hospital requires about 8,500 pints and we hope our donors could help us achieve this target.
“We already have a good start with 600 pints collected in January – the highest ever recorded in the same month in previous years,” he said after officiating at the ‘Valentine’s Day Blood Donation Campaign 2016’ at Imperial Permaisuri Mall yesterday.
Lee, who is Senadin assemblyman, noted that as more and more countries achieved the 100-per cent voluntary donation goal, it indicated growing appreciation of the vital role played by these remarkable individuals who donated their blood, unpaid, on a regular basis.
“Our blood donors have, without any expectation of rewards or incentives, been supporting Miri Hospital and the MRC. Such selfless act deserves to be recognised.
“We have annual Blood Donors Appreciation Night to acknowledge these selfless donors,” he said, also hailing the role played by Miri MRC Blood Donors Recruitment Committee in such endeavour.
Lee also thanked all members of public for their continuous support in making yesterday’s blood donation campaign another success for the movement.
“A big thank to all those who have come here and spent their Valentine’s Day by donating blood.
“You are truly embodying the concept of humanitarianism and care for one another. Today’s blood donation campaign has served to create wider public awareness of the need for regular blood donation, which is a very important part of the culture of the Mirians.”
On the campaign, Lee said it had surpassed the 80-pint target set earlier by Miri MRC.
“We registered 147 participants and collected more than 100 pints,” he disclosed.