478 blood do­na­tions over 30 years

> He do­nates blood reg­u­larly to save lives and to foster na­tional unity

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY HAIKAL JALIL

PETALING JAYA: Hew Hock Peng, 49, is an ex­em­plary role model to fel­low Malaysians as his noble deeds save lives, ir­re­spec­tive of race, cul­ture or re­li­gion.

The MyHero Award 2.0 win­ner is not an army man but he has “shed” more blood than many oth­ers in or­der to save the lives of his fel­low coun­try­men.

For the past 30 years, Hew has do­nated his blood a to­tal of 478 times in­clud­ing in aphere­sis do­na­tions.

“Do­nat­ing blood gives me a sense of sat­is­fac­tion. I re­ally en­joy do­ing what I do and will con­tinue do­ing so as long as my health per­mits,” he said.

For Hew, do­nat­ing blood is his way of help­ing the na­tion and its cit­i­zens pro­mote na­tional unity as each drop of blood is used to save the lives of Malaysians re­gard­less of race and re­li­gion. His “ad­dic­tion” to blood do­na­tion started at the age of 19 when his blood was needed to save the life of an in­jured stranger who needed a blood trans­fu­sion.

“I never thought that the in­ci­dent would be the start for me con­tin­u­ously do­nat­ing blood,” said Hew, who be­lieves that he is des­tined to save peo­ples’ lives through blood do­na­tions due to his “O” blood type which is com­pat­i­ble with many other blood types.

He be­gan vol­un­teer­ing for aphere­sis do­na­tions since 1998 – a blood do­na­tion which ex­tracts one par­tic­u­lar el­e­ment such as platelets and re­turns the re­main­der to the donor.

“Aphere­sis do­na­tion is im­por­tant to pa­tients suf­fer­ing from bone mar­row dis­ease or sep­ti­caemia dis­ease,” he said.

Be­ing a fre­quent donor, Hew eats nat­u­ral foods such as whole grains and fol­lows the food pyra­mid in or­der to keep him­self healthy.

Hew’s blood do­na­tion en­thu­si­asm also in­flu­enced his wife Wang Mei Fern, to be­come a reg­u­lar donor while his two chil­dren, now aged 14 and 15, are wait­ing to turn 18 years old to start do­nat­ing blood.

Hew is also a reg­is­tered or­gan donor and hopes Malaysians will reg­is­ter to do­nate blood and or­gans as by do­ing so, they will save lives.

The MyHero Award 2.0, which is jointly or­gan­ised by the Chi­nese Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try of Kuala Lumpur and Se­lan­gor and Nanyang Siang Pau, is sup­ported by the Na­tional Unity and In­te­gra­tion De­part­ment, The As­so­ci­ated Chi­nese Cham­bers of Com­merce and In­dus­try of Malaysia with cor­po­rate part­ner Sun­suria Bhd and spon­sor Bank of China.

The MyHero Award 2.0 win­ner do­nat­ing his ‘O’ blood which is com­pat­i­ble with many other blood types.

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