A couple of weeks back, I was thrilled to be invited to HP Singapore’s 40th Anniversary and Christmas party at House. It’s always fun to meet the friends I met via social media platforms and parties are always fun ain’t they? Loads of Christmas decor and cute HP cupcakes (I had one and it turned my tongue blue…haha) around the display booths that’s filled with HP Goodies…currently typing on the laptop that’s featured that night too!
Loved the whole Christmas theme and decorations, really felt like Christmas came early this year ! The Muttons were there to hype things up and I had fun being sabotaged to play ‘stage game’ aka ‘Don’t forget the lyrics’ or more like ‘Complete the song with your own lyrics’ judging how ‘well’ we did.
Many people tend to forget the true meaning behind Christmas – it’s not a time for shopping or getting expensive gifts. Personally, Christmas to me is usually spending time with my loved ones and a time for self-reflection. 2010 has not be exactly a cheerful year with all the natural disasters happening and you wake up to bad news on TV half the time. Many people out there lost their homes and families, or fighting against illnesses as we speak.
I made it a point this year to contribute back to the society in my own little ways – teaching children, being an listening ear to troubled souls and lastly, making my first blood donation after those many years of trying to meet the weight requirement (lol). For my birthday wish this year, I asked others to donate blood as a gift for me. I have received pictures and promises that they’d do it as soon as they can (You can only donate blood every 12 weeks). I have finally passed that 12 weeks mark, so I’ll be going for my donation run soon !
So for Christmas this year, I’d like everyone to join in and celebrate the spirit of giving by donating blood ! If you’re wondering “Why is she forever asking people to donate blood ah?” Here’s why :
1) Blood is needed during bone marrow transplants for leukaemia patients, for thalasemia patients needing regular blood transfusions and during surgeries etc – simply put, it’s never enough.
2) A single blood donation, when separated into its components, can help at least three different patients. – You’re not saving only 1 life but 3.
3) Blood can be stored for only a limited time before use. – Therefore, a regular blood supply is important.
Blood is probably the most precious gift one can possibly give to another person, it’s like the gift of life. At no cost and low/no pain (Really, it doesn’t hurt at all. Guys, don’t be a wimp.), what’s stopping you from doing so ? So here’s my ‘challenge’ for you guys this Christmas – give this part of you to someone else and make their Christmas a joyful one !
As for those who can’t donate blood due to certain reasons, a monetary donation to Singapore Red Cross will be helpful too! I wish Singapore Red Cross would do a collaboration like what American Red Cross did last year ! Specially branded The Vampire Diaries materials for donors as well as themed refreshment stands and footage from the show playing TV monitors while you’re donating blood. How awesome is that ! (DAMON SALVATORE!! *fan girl mode*)
P.S : I’ll be donating blood at the blood bank next Sunday (19th Dec, probably 1pm) with my friends, if you’re interested…do drop me a message !
To motivate more people with the love of giving, HP Singapore has generously rolled out a “How would you AMP a gift for someone else?” Facebook Activity! (click on the link for more information) There will be E-Coupon code each week to spread the Christmas cheer! Ideas for your Christmas gifts that’s kind to your wallets perhaps? =)