QI Group Blood Drive yields big results
 
Jul 23, 2020
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PETALING JAYA: The QI Group organised a Blood Donation Drive over the weekend of July 18 & 19 at Sunway Pyramid which attracted a record turnout of 267 donors.

Themed “Save Lives – Donate Now”, the drive was organised by the Staff Social Responsibility committee of the QI Group that works closely with the company’s CSR arm, RYTHM Foundation to arrange volunteering opportunities for its employees. This blood donation drive was held in collaboration with the National Blood Centre.

“A single donation of blood can save three lives. It takes very little time and is a painless process. Every day, blood donors help patients of all ages have a second chance at life. Our employees have been organising this drive for the last 5 years and each time the turnout has been encouraging. Our last blood donation drive was in March, just before the lockdown. No matter how much science advances, blood which is an essential element of humans, cannot be artificially created. That’s why blood donation is very valuable, especially during this on-going pandemic.” noted Boey Kho, CEO of QI’s Malaysia Operations.

QI Group answered the call by the National Blood Centre which urged Malaysians to donate blood as the country’s blood bank stock was down by 40 per cent due to the movement control order (MCO). For example, blood collection from March 2018 to May 2018 was 111,328 bags. However, from March 2020 to May 2020, there were only 67,135 bags. The Ministry of Health is targeting to recruit at least 5% of the Malaysian population to become blood donors. Currently, only about 2.5% of the population are donors, compared to 3.5 to 5 per cent recorded in developed countries.

Meanwhile, QI Group’s staff in 15 countries contributed a total of 12,000 community engagement volunteering hours in 2019 involving 1,204 staff through 140 activities. This two-day blood donation drive is also a regular community engagement activity of the QI Group in Malaysia.

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For more information, please contact Martin Soosay at 012-6375029 or email: martin.soosay@qigroup.com