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CapitaLand & Ascott organize annual blood donation drive

Released at: 08:44, 10/07/2018

CapitaLand & Ascott organize annual blood donation drive

Photo: CapitaLand Vietnam

Two cooperate with Vietnam Red Cross to hold drive in nine Somerset and Citadines serviced residences around country.

by Khanh Chi

CapitaLand, along with its wholly-owned serviced residence business unit The Ascott Limited, and the Vietnam Red Cross Society jointly organized a blood donation drive on July 5 across nine Somerset and Citadines serviced residences in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hai Phong, Da Nang, and Nha Trang.

This is the 12th consecutive year CapitaLand and Ascott have organized blood drives, in conjunction with the World Health Organization (WHO)’s World Blood Donor campaign. The drive saw the participation of CapitaLand and Ascott employees, residents, retail and office tenants, and the general public. Some 350 donors donated a total of 400 units of blood.

“I was very happy to see the strong support from our staff and stakeholders,” said Mr. Chen Lian Pang, CEO of CapitaLand Vietnam. “The long-term success of CapitaLand is closely intertwined with the well-being of the communities in which we operate. This blood donation drive is one of various initiatives we organize to make a difference in the local community.”

“In line with our credo of ‘Building People. Building Communities’, we have also developed three CapitaLand Hope Schools in Vietnam that provide quality education to about 650 underprivileged students each year. Beyond building schools, we also gave time and attention to the children through our staff volunteer expeditions and programs.”

The three CapitaLand Hope Schools in Vietnam are CapitaLand Le Xa Hope Kindergarten in Le Xa commune in Tien Lu district, Hung Yen province, CapitaLand Nang Yen Primary Hope School in Phu Tho province, and CapitaLand Thanh Phuoc Primary Hope School in Long An province.

“I feel proud to work for a company that not only cares for its staff but also the community,” said Mr. Le Hoang Vu, Legal & Secretariat Executive at CapitaLand Vietnam. “I participate in CapitaLand’s blood donation drive annually and strongly encourage everyone to contribute the precious gift of life.”

According to WHO, transfusions of blood and blood products help save millions of lives every year. It can help patients suffering from life-threatening conditions live longer and with a higher quality of life, and supports complex medical and surgical procedures. It also has an essential, life-saving role in maternal and childcare and during the emergency response to man-made and natural disasters.

A blood service that gives patients access to safe blood and blood products in sufficient quantities is a key component of an effective health system. An adequate supply can only be ensured through regular donations by voluntary, unpaid blood donors. However, in many countries, blood services face the challenge of making sufficient blood available while also ensuring quality and safety.

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