PHUKET: The Phuket Regional Blood Center (PRBC) has invited all qualified island residents to make blood donations in recognition of World Blood Donor Day this month.
World Blood Donor Day, on June 14, falls on the birthday of Dr Karl Landsteiner, who is known for his discovery of the main blood groups and their classifications, PRBC Chief Pornthip Rattajak told the Phuket Gazette.
“We are calling this campaign ‘Give freely, give often’. Blood donations matter and donating every three months can make you healthier. Hopefully, with the encouragement of people who love to donate, we can get more teenagers to participate,” Ms Pornthip said.
“We currently have 630 units of blood on hand, which is great. However, we always need more.”
The World Blood Donor Day event will start on June 12 at 8:30am at the Phuket Regional Blood Center in Phuket Town. Donors will receive a free snack, lunch, t-shirt and photo.
Quiz games hosted by Phuket Sunshine radio, numerous exhibitions and organ donor registration will also be part of the fun.
A badge ceremony for people who have donated 48, 60, 72, 84 and 96 times will also take place and certificates will be handed to organizations who have generously helped the PRBC.
Those interested in donating blood this month can do so at one of the mobile donation clinics that will be set up around the island. Dates and locations are as follows:
June 9: Kan-Kroa Hall, Satree Phuket School, Muang, Phuket, 10am-2pm
Labour Region 8 office, Muang, Phuket, 10am-3pm
June 11: Deevana Plaza Patong (Meeting Room), Kathu, Phuket, 1pm-4pm
Phuket International Hospital, Muang, Phuket, 1pm-4pm
June 12: Phuket Regional Blood Center, Muang, Phuket (World Blood Donor Day event), 8:30am-4:30pm
June 16: Dusit Thani Laguna Thalang, Phuket, 10am-3pm
June 18: Duangjit Resort, Kathu, Phuket, 10am-3pm
June 23: PPAO Hospital (in front of OPD), Muang, Phuket, 10am-3pm
Siam Makro Company, Phuket branch, Muang, Phuket, 1pm-4pm
June 25: Royal Paragon Company, Muang, Phuket, 10am-4pm
Grand Mercure Phuket Patong, Kathu, Phuket, 1am-4pm
June 29: Central Festival Phuket, Muang, Phuket, 12pm-6pm
The PRBC is open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm; on Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30am-8:00pm; and on Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 9am-3:00pm.
For more information, contact the PRBC at 076-251178, or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
— Thanaphon Phromthong
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