This is another first for me; blood donation in China. In the past, China has experienced quite a few set backs regarding blood donations. Bad practices and public HIV infection caused many Chinese to not trust anyone putting a needle into them. The main other reason for low donation rates is a cultural one; helping someone outside of the family unit is a completely alien concept.
In the time since getting involved with the two non-profit organisations I work with (www.h2hsh.com and www.lifeline-shanghai.com), I have been exposed to the many other non-profit organisations operating in Shanghai and China. One is Bloodline (www.bloodline.space) who host regular blood drives and are supported by the two charities I work with.
There was a blood drive on June 9 at the Shanghai Blood Center and I had no reason not to participate. The center is around the corner from me, literally a two minute walk, Christoph was away for business so I was home alone, it’s another good cause and I definitely had time. I left the house with my phone and passport and moseyed on over not knowing what awaited me. Well, what a surprise it was! It was definitely a blood driving event! The theme was ‘Superheroes’ and that we can all be superheroes by giving blood.
It actually ended up being quite fun and that was the aim of the event; to take away the fear of giving blood. We were mostly sitting around chatting, laughing and getting to know each other. The nurses were fantastic and I forgot all about the fact that I had a needle in my arm! There is another event today on the other side of town but donors can only give blood once every 6 months. I am now in Bloodline’s registry and plan to keep it up. If you are able, why not give blood?