31 October 2015, by Mandy Loh
October, being the 10th month of the year, seems to be the perfect time to celebrate 10-year anniversaries! Singapore Cord Blood Bank and I Love Children, two wonderful organisations which I support, both turned 10 years old this year, and I had the privilege to attend both their celebrations this month! 🙂
On 16 October, Singapore Cord Blood Bank (SCBB) held their 10th anniversary celebration at the Health Promotion Board Auditorium. The evening began with a lovely song tribute “Hero”, by beneficiary Ms Alice Wong. During the performance, a photo slideshow of her story was shared.
To my surprise, I realised that Alice was an acquaintance of mine, and I had no idea that she had been diagnosed with leukaemia 2 years ago. Thankfully, she received 2 units of fully-matched cord blood stem cells from SCBB for transplant, and is healthy and well now! I was truly moved by how cord blood donation had given her a new lease of life.
I had previously blogged about donating baby’s cord blood here, and I’m proud to have donated 2 times, from the births of both my children. However, less than 10% of expectant mothers in Singapore donate their baby’s cord blood. Donating cord blood is such a simple and painless process, I really wish that more expectant moms would come forward and donate, so that more lives can be saved!
Check out this wonderful mom,Ms Seri Rahayu, who donated cord blood SIX times!
Find out more about SCBB from this awesome video here:
The next weekend, the kiddos and I went to celebrate I Love Children’s 10th birthday at United Square.
It was a fun-filled afternoon with storytelling sessions by National Library Board, skit by Health Promotion Board, and lots of fun games to play!
I’m honoured to have been part of the 10-year journey for both SCBB and I Love Children, and I wish them both the very best success for the next 10 years and more!
**Many thanks to Singapore Cord Blood Bank and I Love Children for the use of the above event photos.