Dec. 8, 2012
-- Hutch staff across every division supported a noble cause on the 30th November by donating blood to the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) which is recognized as the best model of transfusion services in South East Asia by the World Health Organization.
A special ceremony was held at the Hutch head office where employees attached to various departments came in numbers to donate blood as part of a novel social responsibility project.
Hutch COO Anand Prakash marked the commencement of the event by lighting the oil lamp, followed by Dr. R M S S Mrs. Rathnayake attached to the Accident Services Blood Bank, Mr. Nuwan Nirmala, the first person in line to donate blood, Mr. Shehan De Silva, VP of the Hutch Welfare Society 2011/13 and Public Health Inspectors Mr. Anura Fernando and Mr. Tissa Wijesara, along with 100 employees of Hutch were inspired to help save peoples’ lives.
As a socially responsible Corporate, Hutch initiated this for the first time to contribute to NBTS’s objective to ‘Save a Life’. President of the Hutch Welfare Society 2011/13, Mr. Tee Zee Falaldeen, stated “Let the lighting of the lamp symbolize that the blood that we give today be the light of life for a person in need tomorrow. We were so delighted to see employees across every division at Hutch Sri Lanka contributing to this cause and exhibiting such leadership to help save lives.”
NBTS Sri Lanka has evolved as a centrally coordinated blood transfusion service consisting of 16 cluster centers and 65 peripheral blood banks and has managed to collect 320,000 pints of blood last year alone that has helped people with bypass, heart attacks, cancer and other ailments.
‘We need more donations of this nature and it’s the responsibility of every citizen to come volunteer and help save lives of people. Accidents can happen at any moment, a blood donor could help save a life in a mere five minutes. We are experiencing increased donors and this is a good sign for promoting regular visitors who are wholeheartedly willing to donate blood once in four months’, stated Dr. R M S S Mrs. Rathnayake.