Outgoing ambassador thanks communities for blood drive support

Lyna Mohamad

A project that outgoing Thai Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Wanthanee Viputwongsakul is most proud of during her tenure in the Sultanate is the blood donation drive. Since January 2019, the Royal Thai Embassy in Brunei Darussalam organised five blood donation drives to support the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital’s Blood Donation Centre (BDC).

The first drive was conducted in commemoration of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand’s Royal Initiative Volunteers ‘Good Deeds from the Heart project on November 13, 2019, set up by His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn in tribute to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit for their contribution to the Thai nation.

Sixty blood donors from the Thai community participated.

“During the first wave of COVID-19 in Brunei Darussalam last year, we realised that the RIPAS Hospital BDC called for blood donations due to a shortage in blood supply. With the motto of ‘give blood, save lives’, we organised a second blood donation drive for the Thai community and extended to friends of Thailand where 25 people participated,” she said.

The second blood donation drive was held on May 28, 2020, while the third was on November 30, 2020.

Outgoing Thai Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Wanthanee Viputwongsakul during a blood donation drive. PHOTO: ROYAL THAI EMBASSY IN BRUNEI DARUSSALAM

The blood donation drive was organised in conjunction with the birthday anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great, National Day of the Kingdom of Thailand and Thailand’s Father’s Day on December 5, 2020. The event received encouraging response from the Thai community and friends of Thailand with some 63 donors.

The fourth blood donation drive was in June through the support of Thai-owned Company Siam Safetech (B) Sdn Bhd and friends of Thailand with some 60 employees and their friends donating blood.

The fifth blood donation drive was on August 21 where 32 participants donated blood.

During the blood donation drives, the embassy provided Thai food and desserts as a token of appreciation to the donors, officials and staff of the RIPAS Hospital BDC.

“I am proud to have the support of the Thai community and friends of Thailand to give back to the community in Brunei Darussalam. Some 240 donors participated in the blood donation drives. I extend my appreciation to RIPAS BDC for accommodating the embassy and hope the cooperation will continue,” the outgoing envoy said.