A blood donation campaign took place at the Institute of Brunei Technical Education Wasan Vocational School (IBTE SVW) Campus recently and saw 58 donors comprising students, instructors and staff members of the institute.
The campaign was led by the Blood Donation Supervisor of Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital, Haji Matusop bin Haji Daud. The campaign was organised in the wake of the visit and briefing from the Ministry of Health (MoH) to IBTE SVW Campus on July 28, which focused on raising the awareness of the importance of donating blood. The campaign commenced at 9am and concluded in the afternoon.
According to an interview with Haji Matusop, he stated that this campaign had received the highest number of donors so far from the institute, further saying that credit should be given to the Ministry of Health in light of their briefing, which may have “helped the students understand and feel empathetic to those who could benefit from using the blood donated to the hospital, which in turn inspires and encourages the students to give their support”.
When asked why IBTE SVW Campus was chosen as the focal point for the campaign the Blood Donation Supervisor said, “We chose IBTE SVW Campus because we know there are always plenty of healthy youths from the institute that are looking forward to volunteering for the donations and that the institute itself has always been welcoming and encouraging in response to our cause.”
The campaign was not the first to be held in IBTE SVW Campus in conjunction with RIPAS Hospital – one of the first blood donation campaigns held in the institute dates as far back as 2011 and in relation to this Haji Matusop further claims that IBTE SVW Campus has thus far became one of their regular spots for their campaigns throughout the years, while the institute itself continues to – as encouraged by IBTE – provide support and work together effectively with others as one community and collaborating to develop strong partnerships through mutual understanding.
“I hope other institutions would just as much welcome and encourage the briefings to raise awareness of the importance of donating blood,” said Haji Matusop nearing the conclusion of the morning campaign.
“I hope this urges the general public and the non-government organisations to hopefully run and organise their own future blood donation campaigns in their grounds. The Blood Donation Centre, RIPAS Hospital, is always looking for some generous donors.”