Blood donations in Singapore increased by almost 80 per cent over the last decade, from 66,000 units to more than 118,000 units in 2012, said the Singapore Red Cross.
This comes as the National Blood Programme celebrated the tenth anniversary of World Blood Donor Day.
The programme aims to collect 126,000 units of blood this year to meet the transfusion needs of patients in Singapore, and is targeting youths this year.
Last year, those aged 25 and below made up 32 per cent of donors. The aim is to increase the figure to 35 per cent by 2014.
To empower more youths to donate blood, the Red Cross launched a campaign to release specially-designed “heroes” throughout the year, with the first one, “Starblaze” being unveiled yesterday (June 8).
A Red Cross Connection microsite was also launched to make blood donation more convenient.
The site comprises real-time updates and information on the blood bank’s blood stock requirements and needs for specific blood types. Other features include a calendar of upcoming blood drives, closest blood bank locations, as well as information about the blood donation process.
Information from the microsite can be linked and shared on the user’s social media networks, such as Facebook and Twitter.
Yesterday’s event also saw the recognition of those who have donated more than 200 units of blood.
15 Medal for Life awards were given out this year, up from nine winners in 2012, making it the highest number recorded since the programme started in 2001.
“Take action. Once they achieve the first obstacle of the first donation, then it will be a breeze. If they are afraid of needles, well then, just don’t look,” urged Medal for Life winner Yam Wai Hong. CHANNEL NEWSASIA
(Extracted from Today)
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