Singapore Red Cross relays to raise awareness on blood donation amongst youths

Singapore Red Cross relays to raise awareness on blood donation amongst youths
Youth run in A Relay to Save Lives aimed at raising awareness on blood donation. Their efforts hope to encourage all pre-tertiary and tertiary institutions in Singapore to organise 50 bloodmobile drives throughout 2015, targeting to collect 5,000 units of blood.

SINGAPORE - 50 torchbearers took part in a relay on Saturday, Apr 11, to help the Singapore Red Cross (SRC) promote and raise awareness on blood donation amongst youths.

The event was held at Bloodbank@Woodlands and it involved the youth arm of the SRC, Red Cross Youth (RCY) as well as the Youth Donor Club (YDC), a youth programme under the SRC National Blood Donor Recruitment Programme. The collaboration was a call for action to encourage more Singaporean youths to voluntarily donate blood.

The relay was kicked off this morning by ASEAN Para games athlete Suhami Bin Sudar, 25. The Singapore Cerebral Palsy Football Team defender is also an active member of YDC, serving as a blood donor, donor recruiter as well as a bloodmobile organiser.

Suhami, a 14-time blood donor, said: "Regardless of who we are and what challenges we may face, I believe we all need to serve the community and give back.

"I got involved in YDC since 2008 because I cannot think of a more rewarding cause than saving lives. I hope more youths would step forward and make blood donation a part of their life."

The relay saw the torchbearers visit Red Cross House and Bloodbank@DhobyGhaut before gathering at Bloodbank@Woodlands where educational activities and exhibition booths were set up.

The aim of Saturday's event is to encourage more pre-tertiary and tertiary institutions in Singapore to organise 50 bloodmobile drives throughout the year with a target set at collecting at least 5,000 units of blood.

President of Youth Donor Club Miss Goh Min Hui, 25, said: "The need for blood is ever-growing and I'm very proud of my peers today for rallying together to promote blood donation

Miss Goh, 25, added: "Every unit of blood donated could save up to three lives; so if you're looking to truly make a difference, I urge you to adopt this meaningful cause."

For more information on blood donation, visit www.redcross.sg.

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