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Nyaru Menteng Donates 30 Units of Blood

A few weeks after the successful release of 21 orangutans to the Bukit Batikap Conservation Forest on 1–2 November 2012, the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOS Foundation) of Nyaru Menteng, Central Kalimantan, in cooperation with the Central Kalimantan branch of the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI), held a mass blood donation attended by 40 employees. This event was directly led by Nyaru Menteng Program Manager, Anton Nurcahyo.

This blood donation event, which was held on Thursday 22 November 2012, was the third time in Nyaru Menteng, with earlier donations held in May and September 2012. The activity, which began at 10 am in the yard of the Nyaru Menteng Arboretum Information Centre, successfully collected 30 bags of blood. This is an increase compared to the 18 bags of blood donated in May and the 21 bags of blood in September.

Indonesian Red Cross checked employees blood

Anton Nurcahyo, Nyaru Menteng Program Manager gave his blood

“The Central Kalimantan branch of the Indonesian Red Cross is currently experiencing a shortage of blood supplies. We need an estimated 600-700 bags of blood per month,” said Paramitha, a staff member at the Blood Donation Unit of the Palangka Raya branch of the Indonesian Red Cross.

“We are, therefore, very thankful and pleased with the blood donation organized by the employees of Nyaru Menteng who today successfully collected 30 units of blood. This blood will greatly assist those in need,” explained Paramitha.
Nyaru Menteng plans to routinely organize a blood donation every three months. Currently, there are 46 Nyaru Menteng's employees who are registered as donors and they will be available to donate their blood from time to time.

Although the BOS Foundation’s main focus is the conservation of the orangutan and its habitat, it still cares for its fellow humans as evidenced by this recent blood donation event.

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