International Students Donate Blood in Changsha
On March 24, 52 international students from around the world and various universities in Changsha gathered at the Central South University (CSU) for a unique voluntary blood donation campaign. They donated a total of 20,000 ml of blood. They also wore national costumes, sang, and danced in front of the blood donation bus to attract attention.
“I like China very much and hope to make a contribution to Changsha, my second home.” The first person to get on the bus was an African student at CSU. After filling out the necessary form and passing the physical examination, he told the nurse that this was not his first time to donate blood, and he hoped to donate 400 ml this time.
"I have been fond of China since I was a child and have been trying to learn Chinese. Now I come to Changsha with my husband for further study. I hope to live in China in the future," said a graduate student at CSU from Mongolia, in standard Mandarin. She had donated blood in her own country before. Now she is very happy to help her Chinese friends and will continue to do so.
"I’m Lesha. Do you need an interpreter? I majored in Chinese-English translation,” said an international student from Russia, whose Chinese name is Lesha (Short for “Happy in Changsha” in Chinese). He would run to ask if the volunteers need help whenever he saw an international student stop at the bus, and warmly introduced his Chinese name. Lesha also donated 400 ml of blood after finishing volunteer service.
Bai Yu, the organizer of the blood donation campaign for international students, said that the campaign was held simultaneously in Beijing and Zhengzhou to greet the upcoming World Health Day on April 7 and to thank Chinese friends for their help. In the future, they will carry out more public welfare activities among international students to spread love and gratitude in China.
Zuo Zhengrong, deputy director of the Changsha Blood Center, said that Changsha needs an average of 500 people a day to participate in voluntary blood donation, so as to basically guarantee the blood needs for clinical treatment in the city. He calls on more charity groups to call at 0731-84718215 for blood donation.
Translator: Kuang Zhenzhen
Chinese source: icswb.com