A life-saving gift on Good Friday

Dr Ng donating blood, with his wife, Professor Ivy Ng, standing by his side. Dr Ng was among the close to 100 people who participated yesterday in the inaugural Drops of Life blood drive by LoveSingapore at Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition
Dr Ng donating blood, with his wife, Professor Ivy Ng, standing by his side. Dr Ng was among the close to 100 people who participated yesterday in the inaugural Drops of Life blood drive by LoveSingapore at Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen was among almost 100 blood donors who gave the "gift of life" on Good Friday.

They donated at the Drops of Life blood drive, a new initiative that aims to sign up 5,000 regular donors by the end of the year.

Yesterday's event was held at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre and organised by the LoveSingapore network of churches, which intends to make the blood drive an annual initiative.

Pastors, church members and soldiers from the Singapore Armed Forces all gave blood yesterday.

The event will continue until Monday and is open from 10am to 4pm.

Members of the public can also donate at blood banks in Dhoby Ghaut, Woodlands, Jurong East and Outram.

Pastor Lawrence Khong, chairman of LoveSingapore, said Good Friday was the day Jesus Christ sacrificed his life for humanity.

He urged people to follow Christ's compassionate example by "donating our own life-giving blood", pointing out that only 2 per cent of the population here are blood donors.

"We want to motivate and mobilise family and friends, colleagues and neighbours... to donate blood, simply because blood donation is a life-giving act of kindness," he said.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 26, 2016, with the headline 'A life-saving gift on Good Friday'. Print Edition | Subscribe