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Generous blood donor

Update: January, 25/2014 - 11:00

Nguyen Nhat Khanh is twenty-five years old.

Over the past ten years he has donated his blood to help others, thirty-one times.

He says his mother always told him to help the poor and the suffering.

Nguyen Nhat Khanh also says he feels happy to help people.

Thousands of young people donated blood yesterday in 10 provinces and cities throughout the country as part of the 6th Red Sunday programme.
Thousands of young people donated blood yesterday in 10 provinces and cities throughout the country as part of the 6th Red Sunday programme. -  VNA/VNS Photo Le Lam

HA NOI (VNS)— Thousands of young people donated blood yesterday in 10 provinces and cities throughout the country as part of the 6th Red Sunday programme.

The annual blood donation event was jointly organised by the National Institute of Haematology and Blood Transfusion (NIHBT) and the Tien Phong (Vanguard) Newspaper.

"Each drop of blood has been donated to relieve pain, dangerous diseases and revive patients' lives," said Le Xuan Son, newspaper editor-in-chief, at the opening ceremony at Thuong Mai (Trade) University in Ha Noi.

Son noted that some 3,000 units of blood were collected in northern Hai Phong, Nam Dinh and Thai Nguyen provinces from January 9 to11. The amount of blood donated during the one-week event is expected to be greater than the 5,000-6,000 units that organisation officials originally anticipated to be collected.

Dao Phuong Linh, a blood disease patient in the NIHBT, expected that the campaign would be expanded in order to collect more donated blood to treat thousands of patients, such as herself, throughout the country.

Attending the event in central Da Nang City, Nguyen Nhat Khanh, a 25 year old youth staff member of Binh Thuan Ward, Hai Chau District, donated blood for the 31st time over the past ten years.

"My mother always told me to become involved in charity or social activities to help the vulnerable and the poor," Khanh said, as quoted in Tien Phong Newspaper.

Khanh added that he has much experience in blood donations. And through the experience, he felt joy at being able to help needy people, especially those experiencing difficulties.

The events were attended by celebrities, artists and singers, including Miss Viet Nam 2010 Dang Thi Ngoc Han, the first runner-up in the Miss Viet Nam 2012 contest in Ha Noi, Duong Tu Anh. Miss Viet Nam 2012 Dang Thu Thao also donated blood in HCM City.

NIHBT director Nguyen Anh Tri said the annual blood drive was seen as an effective measure in coping with blood shortages and increasing demand in hospitals during the upcoming Lunar New Year (Tet) festival.

Tri added that the NIHBT, which supplies blood to 120 hospitals in 16 northern provinces, met 30-50 per cent of hospitals' demands for blood during recent weeks, though the amount of collected blood was reduced compared to previous months. —VNS

GLOSSARY

The annual blood donation event was jointly organised by the National Institute of Haematology and Blood Transfusion (NIHBT) and the Tien Phong (Vanguard) Newspaper.

Haematology is the study and treatment of blood.

Transfusion means putting blood into the body of a live person, or animal.

"My mother always told me to become involved in charity or social activities to help the vulnerable and the poor," Khanh said, as quoted in Tien Phong Newspaper.

A charity is an organisation that helps people, or animals, or the environment, or other things, that need help.

To be vulnerable means to be easily harmed or hurt.

The events were attended by celebrities, artists and singers, including Miss Viet Nam 2010 Dang Thi Ngoc Han, the first runner-up in the Miss Viet Nam 2012 contest in Ha Noi, Duong Tu Anh.

A runner-up in a competition is someone who comes second.

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1.      The study and treatment of blood.

2.      Dang Thi Ngoc Han, Duong Tu Anh and Dang Thu Thao are all _________

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4.      Another name for Lunar New Year.

5.      The day of the week on which the big blood donation drive was held.

 

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