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  Blood Donation
By Tsui Chee Cheung

As we know, blood is very important for maintaining our life. When someone gets injured, he needs blood in an operation. Where does the blood come from? Actually, the blood comes from some voluntary and generous blood donors. They show their love, and their benevolent heart. It is true that donating blood isn't an easy action. But hopefully, our Wahyanites have managed to do this meaningful thing.

This year, the blood donation was held on the 9th of January in the Common Room. Before that day, there was a notice on the board that students who are older than 16 can donate blood. And those below 18 should submit a parents consent form before the donation.

On that day, the Red Cross Mobile Unit arrived at 9:00am, early in the morning. Then they immediately settled down all their apparatus. After half an hour, everything was ready. The school prefects led those who were willing to donate blood down to the Common Room. Each of them had to answer some questions about their health to see if they are suitable for donating blood. In addition, donors needed to fill in a personal information form for future reference. Besides, donors had to do a haemoglobin test to ensure the concentration of blood was up to standard. The blood pressure was also assessed to check if the pressure was within a normal range. After these processes, the donation began. Donors were asked to lie on a couch quietly and stay relaxed during the blood donation. The whole process was about 15 minutes. Then, donors were served with a drink and some biscuits when they were taking a rest after donating blood. Most donors were cheerful and relaxed while some felt quite tired indeed. Among their conversations, they said that they enjoyed the process of donation as they were doing something meaningful .

This year, the numbers of donors were more than last year. We were quite satisfied with the result. Not only did our students donate blood, but so did teachers. This means our students and teachers were becoming more liberal.

Why were some students unwilling to donate blood? Perhaps they thought that the procedure of donating blood might be very painful. However, in actual fact, those who had donated blood said that it was no worse than a pinprick. If we compare this passing pain to the good that we could do through blood transfusion, the pinprick is so unimportant. On the other hand, some students forgot to bring their parent's consent form and they missed the chance of donating blood this year.

Finally, a vote of thanks should be given to the school prefects and all the donors. In addition, all of our strong, healthy students should consider our duty and privilege to donate blood next year when the opportunity arises. Who knows how many lives does our small action of donating blood save.


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