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The drive to help

Lyna Mohammad

Marketing Executive Ahmad Faezul Imtiaz bin Adam donated his first pint of blood just before the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country. The experience, which he found to be painless, convinced him to join other active blood donors in making a contribution regularly.

However, due the pandemic and personal health matters, he had to put the plan on hold.

He was finally able to donate his second pint of blood yesterday when GHK Motors Sdn Bhd conducted a blood donation drive at its headquarters in Beribi.

“Over the years, I have heard how beneficial it is to donate blood but during my time in university, I did not have the opportunity to do so.

“Only when I started working at GHK Motors did I manage to roll up my sleeves and donate blood to save the lives of those in need.”

Going forward, Ahmad Faezul hopes to be able to give blood regularly – if not every three months, at least every time the company conducts a blood donation drive.

General Manager Jake Goh with staff at the blood donation campaign
ABOVE & BELOW: Marketing Executive Ahmad Faezul Imtiaz bin Adam; Sales Consultant Rafi Rashid; and Tan Chin Ling. PHOTOS: LYNA MOHAMAD/MUIZ MATDANI

Sales Consultant Rafi Rashid, meanwhile, was giving blood for the first time.

He shared felt the process was painless for him and said the medical team was careful in handling him as a first-time donor.

Like Ahmad Faezul, Rafi was also motivated to become a regular blood donor after seeing how fast and painless the process is.

He hopes to do more blood donations in the future, whenever there is a blood donation drive.

“I will always remember this year, as a 30-year-old, when I first donated blood,” Rafi added.

“That’s how meaningful it is to me to join the list of donors saving lives.”

Meanwhile, 55-year-old Tan Chin Ling, who has worked at GHK Motors for 20 years, had participated in five previous blood donation drives conducted by the company, with the first being in 2008, and several within the last 10 years.

Considering his job scope, he said he does not have the time or opportunities to go to blood donation campaigns.

Therefore, he tries to make time for the donation drives conducted by the company as it is much more convenient for him.

He said he donates blood because “it feels good to share a pint of blood, not only because it helps to save lives but it also benefits my own health as well”.

The blood donation drive yesterday, conducted by GHK Motors in collaboration with the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital Blood Donation Centre, collected a total of 30 pints of blood in two hours, donated by GHK Motors management and employees, and members of the public.

The initiative is part of GHK Motors’ corporate social responsibility programme to support and create awareness on blood donations.

The company plans to conduct blood donation drives twice a year after a halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic.