In conjunction with the Singapore Red Cross Society, we organised a blood donation drive as part of NetApp's corporate social responsibility initiative. Our goal was 50 blood units for the day.
The event started at 11 am and ended around 6 pm. Out of the 92 potential donors that came and registered, the Red Cross managed to collect 58 blood units. I was quite surprised at the high rejection rate - low iron count, medication and travels to the UK (mad cow disease).
Just to be sure, I popped in an iron tablet before the rigorous screening tests and passed! The iron analyser indicated my iron count at "14" (minimum was 12.5).
My colleagues Aileen, Jennifer, Joanne, Karina and Shu Rong organised the drive flawlessly, especially impressive given that this was our first time organising an event of this nature.
The blood donation drive was a unique opportunity to give something back to the community, and at the same time socialize with colleagues, business partners, customers and friends. Feels good.