Sin­ga­pore Cord Blood Bank Char­ity Golf 2017

Event man­ages to raise S$365,000

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The non-profit pub­lic cord blood bank held their Char­ity Golf 2017 re­cently at Sen­tosa Golf Club’s Ser­apong Course. Mr Wong Kan Seng, Sin­ga­pore’s for­mer Deputy Prime Min­is­ter, was the Guest-of-hon­our for the event. The fundraiser was held to help build up the pub­lic pool of cord blood units to in­crease the chances of find­ing a life-sav­ing match, es­pe­cially for Malay and In­dian pa­tients.

The event in­cluded a din­ner in the evening af­ter the tour­na­ment, and was at­tended by over 120 guests. Din­ner fes­tiv­i­ties in­cluded an auc­tion of do­nated bot­tles of wine and paint­ings to help the cause, much to the de­light of the many guests.

In Sin­ga­pore, 6 peo­ple are di­ag­nosed daily with blood can­cers or blood dis­or­ders. With only a 1-in-4 chance of a match amongst sib­lings, over 70% of pa­tients are not able to find a match to sur­vive. Over 220 pa­tients in Sin­ga­pore and around the world have been given a new lease of life with these cord blood units for their Blood Stem Cell Trans­plant. For many of these pa­tients, the Sin­ga­pore Cord Blood Bank or SCBB, rep­re­sents their only hope for sur­vival.

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