Two weeks after giving free hugs on the streets of Nanjing Road, over 150 expats gathered in Shanghai’s Qingpu district to donate blood, China Daily reports.
This month, over 40 foreigners walked around Nanjing East Road giving out free hugs to all who passed by. They held up placards which read ‘FREE HUGS: 帮助不能等待’ (help cannot wait), encouraging more people to get involved in donating blood.
On May 27, the Shanghai Blood Administration, co-sponsored by the Shanghai Encore Troupe ‘Love Without Borders’ held another blood drive in Shanghai’s Oriental Land, where over 150 foreigners flocked to continue spreading the word and donate blood.
In terms of blood donations, the most desirable blood types are Type A, Type O, AB-negative and RH-negative, all of which much more commonly found among foreign residents. For example, only 0.3% of Chinese residents have an RH-negative blood type. It’s not rare to see pleas for rare blood transfusions in China, in February 2011 ten expats in Shanghai donated AB-negative blood to an ageing charity worker, and in June 2011 a Liaoning worker put out a call for RH-negative AB blood for his wife. Back in 2007, Beijing was also looking for RH negative blood in preparation for the Olympic games.
“Shanghai has seen a growing number of foreign volunteers become blood donors, which has helped meet the city’s demand for rare blood types,” said Zhu Yueguo, director of the Shanghai Blood Administration Office. Zhu said that each year, about 1,300 foreigners donate blood in the city.
The Shanghai Blood Administration Office and Love Without Borders also premiered an original musical drama, named ‘I Will Be With You’, which is designed to encourage young people to participate in blood donations. Seems like a much better idea than incentivising blood donations by offering students better grades.
By Lisa Wang // Image via: China Daily BBS