Buddhist devotees back blood-donation drive

The Star, October 5, 2006

KUANTAN, Pahang (Malaysia) -- Some 160 devotees sacrificed their weekend break by turning up to support a blood donation campaign organised by the Pahang Buddhist Association (PBA) here.

The event, from 9am to 3.30pm on Sunday, was held at the association’s premises in Jalan Bukit Ubi.

After a screening test, 134 people were found to be eligible to donate blood. Fifty-seven of them also signed a pledge to donate their organs.

PBA Youth section chief Ang Chong Teck said the blood donation campaign was one of the association's annual activities, which started in the mid 1970s.

He said this year’s theme was “Healthy Life, Caring Lives,” which also included the promotion of organ donation.

“Organ transplants are becoming popular and many lives are waiting to be saved,” he said in an interview.

Ang said, this year, a special team from the Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital was invited to provide explanation and advice to the public pertaining to organ donation.

He said a special documentary film from Hong Kong was repeatedly shown to ensure a better understanding of the campaign.