Tuesday June 26, 2012
Donating blood is painless
BUSINESS Information System diploma undergraduate Lim Lai Ying feels good about herself after donating blood for the first time.
She has a fear of needles but knowing what she was doing could be saving a life made her put aside her fear.
“There was a bit of pain when the nurse first inserted the needle, and I was a bit nervous but the pain disappeared as quick as it started.
“Donating blood is a simple process, and more people should do it as the hospitals are always short of blood,” said the 23-year-old lass.
Lim was speaking to reporters after the Tunku Abdul Rahman College (TARC) Penang Campus’ 28th Blood Donation Campaign in Tanjung Bungah yesterday.
The campaign was organised by the college’s First Aid Unit, in co-operation with Penang Hospital, and held in conjunction with the World Blood Donor Day celebrated on June 14 annually.
Some 500 students and staff have been targeted as blood donors for the four-day campaign, which started yesterday.
Also, a first time donor was diploma undergraduate in Broadcasting Yew Kean Hean, 18, who was scared in the beginning but everything went fine once he overcame his fear.
TARC Penang campus head Amos Teoh said such a campaign was organised up to three times a year, adding that TARC aspired to nurture not only successful professionals but also a caring and compassionate younger generation.
“The college had donated about 8,000 packs of blood since 1997. The blood banks’ supply is usually low during the festive periods due to an increase in accident cases.
“Without blood, the best doctors or even hospitals are unable to save lives. It is important to not only donate blood but also to help promote this act,” he said his opening speech before the campaign.