Heart of God Church on Straits Times: Putting Their Faiths in Joint Blood Donation Drive
By: Alvin T.
Senior Minister of State for Law & Health, Mr Edwin Tong, was the guest of honour at the joint blood donation drive.
The initiative is a collaboration between Heart of God Church, Khalid Mosque, Geylang United Temple and supported by four Inter-Racial and Religious Confidence Circles (IRCCs) in Geylang Serai, Joo Chiat, Braddell Heights and Kembangan-Chai Chee, together with two clans, the Chan Khoo Clan Association, Huang Clan Association and Singapore Red Cross.
There were many first-time donors and it was a brand new experience for them too! Here’s what they thought:
Dave Ng, 18, a tertiary student: “I was very nervous at first but as my blood was being drawn, I felt a sense of satisfaction knowing that my blood can actually save lives!”
Tan Xuan Yun, 21, a university student: “I’m just glad to be able to play a part. It was my first and I don’t think it will be my last.”
In HOGC, we’ve always believed in building bridges and not walls. It is so heartwarming to see people from different faiths and cultures joining hands for a common purpose.
As Pastor Garrett shared: “When the different faiths and cultures come together to give blood, it more than helps to save lives, it is also an act of unity.”
The event concluded with an appreciation ceremony, where Mr Edwin Tong presented tokens of appreciation to the joint organizers and supporting organizations.
One of our youngest donors from the blood donation drive last year, Alex, also shared about what he learnt through donating blood and his increased appreciation of different cultures.
Truly, regardless of race or religion…
Under every skin color and every creed, we all bleed the same color – Red.
– Pastor Tan Seow How
Each of us can do our part to contribute and save lives.
Read more about the 2019 Joint Blood Donation Drive in the Straits Times – CLICK HERE