BLOOD DONATION CAMPAIGN BY THE DISABLED COMMUNITY

BLOOD DONATION CAMPAIGN BY THE DISABLED COMMUNITY


Kuala Lumpur, 29 September 2003 - Come October 18 and 19, Beautiful Gate Disabled People Caring Centre will be taking up one of the nation’s biggest challenge to enter the Malaysia Book of Records with the most disabled people donating blood to the Blood Bank.

Supported and jointly-organised with UCSI (University College Sedaya International), Lions Club of Kuala Lumpur Central and Pusat Maju Diri Y (YMCA), the project hopes to involve some 500 blood donors who are disabled in one way or another.

Beautiful Gate’s director, Sia Siew Chin said she hopes that, with the blood donation campaign carried out by the disabled people, the general public will have a more positive impression of the disabled community at large.

“We believe we are just as normal as anyone on the street,” she said. “Instead of being caught in self-pity, we want to show our Malaysia Boleh spirit through the blood donation campaign.”

Sia urged voluntary organisations which are involved with the disabled people to encourage their members to come forward to donate blood.

“We are also hoping that more corporate sponsors will come forward to sponsor gift items which will give the disabled people the incentive to participate in the blood donation campaign,” she said, adding that she was happy with the response given by the Malaysia-Singapore Vintage Cars Register for their support.

The Malaysia-Singapore Vintage Cars Register’s representative, Michael Sundram said he hopes that by giving joyrides to the disabled people who donate blood on those dates, it will encourage more disabled people to participate. “We want them to know that they are contributing to a very noble cause,” he said.

Lion’s Club of Kuala Lumpur Central’s coordinator, Lion Alvin Wong also urged the public to join force with the disabled people. “The blood donation is open to all,” he said. “We are responding to the call by our Blood Banks to ask for more blood, especially since the festive seasons are fast approaching.”

UCSI’s Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Chin Peng Kit said Minister of Human Resources, Datuk Dr Fong Chan Onn’s willingness to grace the occasion is heartwarming. “We hope the general public will also show their support, since the Minister himself has taken the time to come and witness the disabled people donating blood for a good cause,” he said.