By Clement Erik Wong & Alverdtekoster Anyap

KUCHING: Many eager blood donors today (Sept 5) thronged Kuching South City Council (MBKS) Community Hall where a blood donation drive was held.

Around 50 people signed up during the first two hours of the five-hour drive held between 9am and 2pm.

The programme was organised by RHB Bank (Batu Kawa Branch) together with the Blood Bank of the Sarawak General Hospital and the Malaysian Red Crescent Kuching District.

A survey among the donors revealed that most of them were supportive of such a programme because they wanted to help patients in need of blood transfusion.

They also felt that it was part of their social responsibility as citizens to contribute towards efforts that could save lives.

Donny Jalong Ngau

Donny Jalong Ngau, 46

I feel very happy to help save people’s lives regardless of their racial or religious backgrounds. I wish to help everyone whether they are Ibans, Chinese, Malays, Christians or Muslims, whoever.

Rudi Asri

Rudi Asri, 34

By donating blood, we can save lives. So, I feel good giving my blood to the needy. I hope the younger people would do the same to ensure enough blood stock at the local blood bank.

Chong Thong Ming

Chong Thong Ming, 31

I’ve been donating my blood since I was in university. Donating blood can help people who are in need because the blood bank cannot keep its stock for a long time. Knowing this, I donate my blood regularly.

Afina Yian

Afina Yian, 25

I felt really nervous at first because it was my first time, but I really wanted to do it as it was necessary to help others. My bit would help alleviate the shortage of blood at the local blood.