Nguyễn Thị Thảo Nguyên donates blood. — VNA/VNS Photo
KON TUM — A blood donation club launched by a teenager has been joined by many young people eager to save lives in the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum.
Nguyễn Thị Thảo Nguyên, 19, head of the club, from Kon Tum City, has donated blood many times and wants more people to join the club to save more lives.
Her mother died after being given 23 units of blood in a terrible accident many years ago.
"The sad memory was in my mind. Since then, I have wanted to donate my blood to help others like others did to try and save my mother," said Nguyên.
"I first got involved in blood donation when I saw a call from my friends on a social network. I am very afraid of needles. I tried to overcome my fear and rushed to the hospital to help people in urgent need," she said.
After the first successful blood donation, she has kept going to the hospital to donate blood.
At first, Nguyên and three other friends set up a group to be ready to give blood whenever a local hospital needs it.
She also started encouraging more young people in Kon Tum Province to donate blood to save lives.
In July 2019, she and 14 other members established a blood donation club of volunteers.
Her club has more than 1,000 members, aged 18-60, participating in blood donation with the motto 'Donate blood for passion – Give blood when you can'.
Nguyễn Quốc Huy, a club's member, said they often joked that Nguyên was addicted to donating blood.
"The members of the club respect and love her very much and are ready to join hands to create practical activities for society," said Huy.
Lê Thị Kim Linh, head of Department of Hematology – Blood Transfusion, General Hospital of Kon Tum Province, said there were always unexpected cases with a need for urgent blood transfusion and the blood donors of the club had saved many lives.
The blood donation club has donated more than 1,500 units of blood in two years of operation.
Many patients have recovered from critical situations and returned to their families thanks to the donors.
Eight people who received blood from Nguyên even joined the club after recovering.
In addition to blood donation, the club also organises other activities like helping children in difficult circumstances, supporting people affected by floods and storms and planting trees in landslide-hit areas.
Recently, the club started building a new house for a poor family that lost their house in a fire, at a cost of VNĐ110 million.
The club members have also helped a lot of people in need of blood in the three provinces of Gia Lai, Quảng Nam and Quảng Ngãi, encouraging more people to work together for the community.
Nguyên said the club would continue to carry out many other meaningful activities to contribute to the local community. — VNS