There is no greater joy than saving a life, three lives to be specific. Donating blood is regarded as one of the purest deeds someone can do. UNMC PharmNotts organised a blood donation drive in collaboration with Pusat Darah Negara (PDN) with the aim of saving the lives of the unfortunate. The Undergraduate Room (UG Room) was utilised for the blood donation from the 26 November 2018 to 27 November 2018, 10am-4pm.
Students started flooding in as early as 10 am on both days, leaving the staff from PDN occupied until 4.00pm. While there are people who are sceptical on donating blood, our students had no such qualms as many students came to support the event. Some students went back with a heavy heart as they were rejected based on their blood type. The students who did manage to donate left grinning ear to ear with a full and content heart. Prior to the blood donation process, procedures were followed to prevent any confusion for both the donors and the recipients. Light refreshments were provided by PDN post-donation as some donors tend to feel faint after a substantial amount of blood has been removed from their circulation. Trivial mistakes that occur during the screening process can result in severe post-donation reactions that can be detrimental to the donor’s health.
Two days of the blood donation drive brought in positive responses from the students and staff of the university. It has been truly heart-warming to see both students and staff flooding in to donate blood. This small act of generosity makes a huge difference in another person’s life. A life may depend on your singular act of kindness, a pint of blood. If you did not get a chance to donate your blood; head towards Pusat Darah Negara in Kuala Lumpur or visit them at http://www.pdn.gov.my/ for more information.