Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Blood Center - Central

If you want to give blood in Hong Kong, this center in Central is one of the best places to do it. Mainly because it is one of the least crowded. I have given blood many times there and I have never had to wait for more than a few minutes.

In contrast, I had to wait for more than one hour at the center in Mongkok both times I gave blood there. And I heard that it is also quite busy at the center in Causeway Bay. The one in Shatin is OK but it is a bit far away.

Central is the core business district, where there is a high concentration of business people, civil servants, and people in suits with well-paid jobs. In contrast, there appears to be more young people and blue collar workers in Mongkok. I do not wish to jump to conclusions. But the relative crowdedness of the centers seems to say something about who are the more likely blood donors in Hong Kong. In fact, I do not remember seeing anyone in suits in any of the blood centers.

To give blood, you have to pay a real but small price - being a bit uncomfortable for a little while (10 minutes is about all it takes). You give up one-tenth of the blood in your body but you will recover quick enough and there are no lasting effects. I have given more than 40 times in the USA, Canada and HK and it didn’t seem to have done me any harm. But you will feel great afterwards for being able to help someone - for whom it may be a matter of life and death.

Why not?


6 comments:

Anonymous said...

For one reason why the queue in Central is relatively short is because many of the the large corporations or government centres, there are usually regular visits of red cross staffs to the offices. The 'white collars' can donate blood regularly in their own offices.

StephenC said...

Yeah, I do hope that is the case. I don't want to be too cynical if I can help it.

Anonymous said...

Did your office organize with the Red Cross on blood donation, and on an annual basis? My school does and this year we have even been able to organize twice with enthusiastic response from our students. Ann

StephenC said...

Yes, they come once a hear. The responses are generally OK. But given that we have so many students and staff, it could have been better. I once asked a class of about 100 students, and no more than a handful have given before.

Unfortunately, their (Red Cross) timing and mine are not often synchronized. I try to donate as often as I can, about 3 times a year. if I can make it.

Good to hear that your students are so enthusiastic.

gweipo said...

How do you organise that they come to your school or work place? I had a look on the website but didn't see anywhere to email or phone...

StephenC said...

to arrange group donations, you can call 2710 1282, or send email to rcbts@ha.org.hk

Go for it. And tell us about it.

Cheers!