Photos by Dr Yang Jie & Ryan Ooi
There was a very good response during the Han Chiang Centennial Blood Donation Campaign, organised by Han Chiang University College of Communication (HCUC) at the campus in Jalan Lim Lean Teng, Penang, today.
The blood donors included HCUC Vice Chancellor Dr Beh Kok Hooi, Deputy Vice Chancellor Dr Ooi Bee Peng, Dean, School of Languages and Translation, Mr Prakash Velloo, staff and students. Ten members of the public also walked in to donate their blood after seeing a banner which was hung at the side fencing of the campus in Jalan Air Itam.
Present at the opening ceremony of the campaign which was organised in collaboration with Penang Hospital, were Penang Han Chiang Associated Chinese Schools Association Board of Directors’ Asst Honorary Secretary Mr Ooi Hooi Hiong, Han Chiang High School principal Miss Kung Bee Lee and Han Chiang Primary School headmistress Miss Lee Hong Choo.
A dietician from Pejabat Kesihatan Daerah Timur Laut, Miss Loh Beng Im gave a health talk on “healthy lifestyle”.
“I would like to express my sincere congratulations to the staff of HCUC for their efforts and initiatives in organising this campaign for the benefit of the Penang Hospital Blood Bank. Such efforts are highly commendable, especially when it comes to serving the community in this pure and noble way.”
“Many of us are aware that our society as a whole is still struggling to cultivate a truly positive perception of blood donation. Although many realise that blood donation is vital for the maintenance of a healthy and thriving blood bank, it can be difficult to encourage people to show up for a cause like this. My congratulations to all present today for their altruistic desires and compassion.”
In conjunction with the Centennial Celebration of Han Chiang, Dr Beh said as educators and students of our community and nation, “we are proud to have organised this campaign which provides a platform for numerous opportunities that make an impactful contribution to the society in decades to come.”
“While we focus on creating a future for everyone and adopting a global perspective of progress, juggling the expectations of embracing change and preserving tradition will be a delicate balance to sustain. This is our unique core as an institution that prides itself on the richness of human values that include harnessing the human spirit of being sensitive to the needs of others.”
“Let’s work together to build and nurture a future generation that is defined by empathy and a sincere sense of concern for the less fortunate and underprivileged. The future of our society should be a joint effort of creativity, cooperation and courage,” he added.