224 pints collected in three blood donation campaigns

Daniel Lim, Lyna Mohamad & Syazwani Hj Rosli

Brunei Gas Carriers Sdn Bhd (BGC) organised its 8th Annual Blood Donation Drive in partnership with the Blood Donation Centre, Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital and McDonald’s Brunei.

This is the third time BGC hosted a blood donation drive at McDonald’s Brunei and this year for the first time it is held over two weekends at both drive-through branches.

The first session at McDonald’s Drive-Thru Jerudong collected 74 pints of blood.

Every donor was given a free McDonald’s meal voucher courtesy of BGC.

The second session will take place at McDonald’s Drive-Thru Lambak on June 27.

Meanwhile in Tutong District, Youth Volunteers Group organised a two-day blood donation drive that collected 100 pints of blood despite social distancing measures limiting the number of donors at the same time.

Donors during Brunei Gas Carriers Sdn Bhd’s (BGC) blood donation drive. PHOTO: RAHWANI ZAHARI
ABOVE & BELOW: Youth Volunteers Group in a group photo; and donors at KB Sentral Shopping Centre. PHOTOS: LYNA MOHAMAD & KB SENTRAL

On the first day of the campaign, 53 pints were donated while 47 pints were collected on the second day.

Head of Operations for the Community Section of the Youth Volunteers Group Mohd Ashmeer told the Sunday Bulletin that their initial target was 60 to 70 donors for the two-day campaign.

“It feels great at being able to give back to the community, especially to the RIPAS Hospital Blood Bank,” he said.

“We really thank those who showed up to support this good cause. May they be rewarded for their act of charity.”

The next blood donation drive will be held at the Youth Centre in the Belait District on June 23-24, while the campaign for the Brunei-Muara District will be carried out at the Indoor Stadium of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex sometime next month.

Both upcoming campaigns will also be conducted through a booking system through focal persons appointed by the Youth Volunteers Group as part of the COVID-19 preventive measures. Walk-ins will be accepted if slots are available.

Potential donors in the Belait and Brunei-Muara districts can call the focal persons through the numbers provided on the blood donation posters, to book their slots.

Elsewhere, 50 donors recently turned to bleed for a good cause at KB Sentral Shopping Centre. It was conducted with the aid of the Blood Bank Unit at Suri Seri Begawan Hospital, Kuala Belait and saw the collection of 50 pints of blood.