Pandelela is SGH’s youth ambassador for blood donation campaign
NATIONAL DIVER Pandelela Rinong Pamg has signed on to be youth ambassador for Sarawak General Hospital’s (SGH) blood donation campaign during a blood drive held at Emart, Batu Kawa on April 11.
According to SGH Pathology Department Blood Transfusion Services and Blood Bank unit head Dr Md Masrin Md Zahrin, this is a new initiative taken to promote and increase the activity of donating blood in Sarawak, especially among the younger generation.
“Most of our regular donors at SGH are getting older and they cannot donate blood anymore, therefore we need more young donors to help us out with the ongoing campaigns.
“We have chosen Pandelela as our ambassador to inspire people, especially the younger generation to donate blood since she is a Sarawakian herself, and also apart from that, she symbolizes healthy living and she is a highly talented individual,” he said.
He added that there is no term of contract as it is a voluntary charity and social obligation. After Pandelela, they are thinking of bringing in Hafiz Suip, another young Sarawak icon, to be another ambassador for the blood donation campaigns.
He also added that at the moment, the blood stock at SGH is steady, but nevertheless with the increasing and ongoing demand of blood, members of the public are encouraged to donate blood at their convenience to avoid unwanted shortage.
“We at SGH need about 60 pints of blood daily, 500 pints in a week, and 2,000 pints in a month to cope up with the demand,” he added.
The blood bank at SGH is open from Mondays to Fridays starting from 8am to 4.30pm.
Apart from their regular opening hours, the blood bank unit also organises mobile blood donation campaigns, and further details can be obtained from their website at hus.moh.gov.my.
There will also be an awareness campaign to be held this June 14 at CityONE Megamall in conjunction with the World Blood Donor Day 2015 starting from 9am to 4pm.
Apart from the blood donation event, Pandelela said that she is currently learning a new dive to compete in the World Championships to be held this July in Kazan, Russia.
“This will be the qualifying event for me to be among the top twelve from the 2015 World Championships and compete in 2016 Summer Olympics to be held in August next year.
“Apart from my training, I am currently pursuing my studies in the field of sports science at Universiti Malaya (UM). I have five years to go before I graduate,” she added.
Pandelela was in Kuching for the Pesta Birumuh 2015 (Harvest Festival) held in Serian earlier the same day.
Besides the blood donation campaign, Pandelela has also been appointed as the ambassador for the “Healthy Liver Campaign” by The Ministry of Health Malaysia and supported by Maybank Foundation that aimed at bringing the greater awareness on liver disease as well as educate the public on the factors that result in chronic liver diseases and how they can be prevented.