Pertubuhan Penderma Darah Sarawak
Sarawak Blood Donors Society 砂 朥 越 捐 血 者 福 利 协 会
The Sarawak Blood Donor Society (Persatuan Penderma Darah Sarawak or PPDS), is a registered body, being registered with the Registrar of Society Malaysia on June 19, 1990.
The Organisation formed to promote the interest and welfare of members throughout the state, irrespective on their race, religion, sex or political inclination.
There are well over 50,000 blood donors in the state and it is hoped that many will sign in as members so it can be a body respected and recognized by the general public as a charitable organization.
PPDS is not a profit making organization. The organization derives its funds from members’ subscription, donations and fund-raising activities.
PPDS will also negotiate with public and private sectors for the granting of special privileges to its members as their token of appreciation for what its members contribute to the community and as an incentives for them to continue to be blood donors.
The overall objective of PPDS is to unite all blood donors for their social and welfare interests while contributing toward a more conscious and civic minded citizens of the nation, its specific objectives are to:
• Safeguard the interest and welfare of its members, especially pertaining to their health and health related activities.
• Instill in the members the virtue of donating blood and the healthy benefit gained from such a practice.
• Co-operate with the authority to ensure only clean and disease-free blood is donated
• Disseminate information through seminar, forum and the like on practical healthy living
• Acquire facilities and properties for the development and growth of the organization
• Engage in worthwhile projects that will bring benefit to all members in general
The absolute power of the organization rests with the General Assembly which normally holds a meeting every year. However, the day-to-day business is run by the Working Committee which is elected by the General Assembly. The Working Committee is headed by a Chairman, assisted by a Deputy. Other members of the Working Committee are the Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer and 5 ordinary members. All members of the Working Committee must have donated not less that 3 times.
To further strengthen the organization and increase its effectiveness in planning and implementation of its activities, several sub-committees will be set up. The activities of these sub-committees include membership drive, finance, human development, members privilege, publication and social and welfare. When necessary the Working Committee may set up and ad-hoc committee to deal with specific matter of significance.
Membership of the organization is open to all persons who have donated blood and are classified as follows:
▲ ASSOCIATE MEMBER
Open to those who have donated blood less than three times
▲ FULL MEMBER
Open to those who have donated blood more than three tmes
▲ FELLOW MEMBER
Open to those who have attained the age of 60 years and have donated blood not less than five times or those who have donated blood not less than twenty times
An annual fee is charged to all classes of membership
One important role of the organization is to represent the blood donors’ community in presenting its view, recommendations and expectations to the government and its agencies as well as other relevant private bodies.
This function is vital since blood donors interest and welfare affected directly or indirectly by the action and policy of the government through its administrative procedures.
Thus, representatives of the organization will have consultations with relevant authorities whenever necessary.
Similar meeting will also be held with private bodies, whose action and activities may have some bearing on the interest and welfare of blood donors.
At present government hospitals and clinics offer priorities and privileges to blood donors. This organization appreciates this kind gesture as it serves as incentives to its members. From time to time the organization will approach other agencies and private bodies or firms to negotiate for similar scheme for its members. We regard these offers as a show appreciation on the part of the public, towards the voluntary act of donating blood.
The activities of the organization do not replace the activities of other association, like the Red Cresent Society in dealing with blood donors.
While other associations may be put up a campaign to recruit new members and giving out awards to the donors, this organization safeguards the donor’s interest and welfare.
In addition the organization will co-ordinate its activities with other associations for the recruitment of new donors and assist gathering members to donate blood in times of emergency or when the level of blood is low in the bank.
From time to time organization will organize social functions to bring members to get to know each other better. Tour to places of interest can also be included.
Seminars and dialogs on topics of healthy living will also be organized when the need arises. In fact any other activities which the members feel will benefit them can be arranged also.