ANSARA PRA RAMADAN BLOOD DONATION DRIVE
5 August, 2012 Leave a comment
This year’s Pra Ramadan Blood Donation Drive is by some measure an unqualified success. The New Straits Times reported that the ANSARA blood Drive exceeded the expected 30,000 units of blood donated.
The unqualified success of this year’s drive deserves a hearty Congratulations and a very BIG Thank You to ANSARA Seremban members who also worked hard in the successful conclusion to the annual campaign. It brings pride to note that these efforts are done on a totally voluntary basis without any benefits of material rewards, apart from the chance to hang round with other ANSARA members and catch up with old times.
But many are still unaware that the ANSARA Pra Ramadan Blood Donation Drive was the brainchild and was inspired by Dr. Mohd. Halim Abu Bakar, an alumni of MRSM Seremban.
For the 2012 campaign. ANSARA Seremban members supervised the Pra Ramadan Blood Donation Drive at Aeon Puchong. Dr. Siti Juariah also helmed the drive at Kolej Metrikulasi Johor in Tangkak.
From the onset, ANSARA Seremban members have been key to the annual campaigns. By Dr. Halim’s own admission, MRSM Seremban brothers and sisters “who have been the backbone of these campaigns without whom these campaigns would not have got off the ground”.
One remembers the efforts of Mohd. Roslan Bani Amin who was instrumental in helping Dr. Halim’s efforts, Dato Rosli Jaafar contributions in Penang; Mohd. Azman Che Soh, Lokman Dasuki and Ahmad Faiza great work in Johor Bahru and Zakaria Abdul Rahman’s effort in Tanjong Pelepas.
ANSARA Seremban’s Mohd. Zambri Zainal Abidin (and his sister, who we refer to as Kak Zu), have managed to rope in the participation of some MRSM Langkawi students in the Blood Donation campaign in year past, and he tells of the benefits the interactions with the general public have boosted the general confidence of the MRSM Langkawi students, and in the use of their conversational English! Unfortunately, the Pantai Chenang venue was not available but expect to see Zambri back on the map in 2013.
Dr. Halim reckons that from the feedback received the success of the Campaign 2012, we can expect the 2013 Pra Ramadan Blood Donation Campaign bigger and a more successful one. ANSARA Seremban pioneer Mohd. Azman Che Soh is working on efforts to include a big group of colleges in the 2013 Campaign. He has successfully roped in the Mydin supermarkets and the KIP supermarkets in Johor for the 2012 Campaign.
Even though the Pra Ramadan Blood Donation Drive is an ANSARA project, I believe that we ANSARA Seremban members want to make this a major item in our own program Calendar. It’s only natural that the very people who initiated the campaign be the ones to lead future efforts in such campaigns.
This year’s campaign is also held as part of the The BIG 40 : Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Founding of MRSM series of programs.