The SOPB’s second blood drive campaign of the year was a success with 59 pints of blood collected.

MIRI: The Sarawak Oil Palms Berhad (SOPB) collected 59 pints of blood for the Miri Blood Bank during its recent blood donation drive.

Held at Permaisuri Imperial City Mall on Saturday, the blood donation drive which was a collaboration with SOPB’s home brand, ‘Merris’, Miri Blood Bank, Malaysian Red Crescent Miri District and Permaisuri Imperial City Mall that sponsored the venue, was part of the Group’s 50th anniversary celebration programmes.

“Since 2014, the year that we started our blood donation drive as part of our corporate social responsibility programme (CSR), we strive to actively contribute towards the need and wellbeing of the local communities, and by promoting the importance of donating blood that save lives and the responses that we received judging from the number of donors, we are happy that our message is going out there effectively,” said Jeslyn Ha Shiaw Jih, assistant public relations manager.

As this year’s campaign coincided with the Group’s 50th anniversary in the industry, Ha revealed that it means a lot for them to make it a success.

Among activities held as part of the anniversary celebration were golf tournament, SOPB charity run, Vision Care project and rehabilitation programme for children with special needs in community-based rehabilitation centre in Miri through a collaboration with Get Equip’d Australia.

For every successful donor, they were given a goodies bag, which was SOPB’s way to thank the public for their support its blood donation drive.

Meanwhile, a representative of Miri Blood Bank, Kenneth Numan told The Borneo Post that though overall blood stock is currently sufficient, Type-O positive blood stock is slightly low compared to other blood type.

“It is not alarming, but it is advisable for donors with such blood type to donate to help replenish the blood stock in Miri Blood Bank,” he said.

Source: The Borneo Post Online –