Blood donation drive, stem cell donor registration, anyone?

KUCHING: Sarawak Children’s Cancer Society (SCCS), in collaboration with Sarawak General Hospital’s Blood Bank, Malaysian Stem Cell Registry and Malaysian Red Crescent Stampin district, will hold a blood donation and stem cell donor drive at Vivacity Megamall from 10am to 3pm on May 25.

The event is aimed at ensuring there is sufficient blood supply at the blood bank of the Sarawak General Hospital.

There will also be a stem cell donor drive to get the public to sign up as potential donors, to help patients undergoing blood stem cells transplantation.

Stem cell donation is aimed at helping patients suffering from blood-related diseases such as leukemia and aplastic anemia.

SCCS manager (programmes and services) Jodie Sim (left) and vice-chairman of MRC Stampin district Jimmy Chia invite members of the public to participate in the upcoming blood donation drive and to register as stem cell donors.

According to a press statement, as of today there are 31,895 registered volunteers with Malaysian Stem Cell Registry (MSCR) of whom 725 are Sarawakians.

The statement said racial diversity and intermarriages among Malaysians make finding a matching donor for a patient very low. Because of this, Sarawakians are strongly encouraged to pledge as potential blood stem cell donors to increase the percentage of finding compatible donors for patients from Sarawak.

Anyone who wants to be a blood stem cell donor must be a Malaysian citizen aged between 18 and 50 and free from any chronic diseases.

For further information, members of the public may contact Wendy Tan at 019-8182244, or SCCS at 082-686276.