Published Date: May, Monday 02, 2016

Feb 13, 2015 – 1 day before Valentines, Cellcard organizes another company-wide blood drive in cooperation with the NBTC (National Blood Transfusion Center), providing an opportunity to celebrate Valentines in a different and more meaningful way.  More than 60 employees volunteer each year, donating a total of  23,400 ml of blood to refresh the blood stock of the NBTC.

According to the NBTC, 1 unit of blood (350ml) can save 3 lives.

Blood only lasts for 35 days before they expire. This is why regular donors and donation drives are necessary to ensure there is enough blood supply for patients who may need it. To keep a healthy stock of supply, Cambodia needs 1% of the total population to donate blood regularly.

“Cellcard is one of our regular donors, and we appreciate their consistent support to this cause”, according to Banung Ou, a Representative from the NBTC.

“This is the third time that we are collaborating with the NBTC for a blood drive, and doing this during this season of love is fitting as we see it as an act of love for the community. We are proud to be able to give this support to the NBTC and appreciative of the opportunity to contribute in saving lives”, says Cellcard Chief Executive Officer, Ian Watson.

“Cellcard as a Cambodian company, which commits itself to providing quality mobile service to the Cambodian people, also considers it of importance to be able contribute to the community’s needs when they have the capability or the resources to do so”, adds Watson.

The blood donation program was held at the Cellcard Infirmary clinic, and facilitated by well trained nurses and doctors from the NBTC.

Donors during the drive received a free health check courtesy of the NBTC, as well as a blood donor card which allows them to redeem blood for their close relative in need within 12 months of their previous donation. In addition, Cellcard will donate $20 to Kantha Bopha Hospital under the name of each blood donor, doubling their contribution to the community this Valentines season.

NBTC Partners with the CDC, Australian Red Cross, Global Health Fund, and the World Health Organization

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