Chonburi Red Cross president, Busarawadee Ekachai, presided over the May 8 blood drive. She also read a statement from HM Queen Sirikit saying that donating blood is essentially “donating life” and is the “highest form of merit that can be made.”
Chonburi Red Cross and National Blood Center Region 3 invited people to roll up their sleeves, targeting youths to join the tradition as a way to build a livable society. Thirty-five 21st Infantry Regiment, 40 Chonburi Provincial Police officers, residents and students joined in.
3rd Marine Sgt. Punyaporn Phuthasanan receives recognition upon donating blood for her 20th time.
Among those participating was 3rd Marine Sgt. Punyaporn Phuthasanan who has donated blood 19 times before. She said, “I am very proud to be able to donate blood for my 20th time, so I can help people live.”
World Red Cross Day, started in 1922, is celebrated each May 8 to remember and recognize the efforts of National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies worldwide. According to the Red Cross website, this day recognizes “worldwide efforts to advocate for the relief of human suffering, whether from disease, famine, disaster, or war.” (CPRD)