The Gift of Life: Thai Expats Answer the Call for Vietnam’s Blood Donation Drive

A Thai national, now an expat in Vietnam, has an incredible story to tell of his selfless dedication to a cause very close to his heart. With an impressive 60 blood donations under his belt, this individual has given the gift of life to those in need in two countries.

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Approximately 110 units of blood were generously donated by officials from the Royal Thai Consulate-General in Ho Chi Minh City, members of the Thai community, and representatives from various Vietnamese agencies. This heartfelt initiative was organized to commemorate the 72nd birthday of King Maha Vajiralongkorn.

The Thai Consulate-General, along with partners from the municipal Department of Foreign Affairs, the Vietnam-ASEAN Friendship Association, the Vietnam-Thai Friendship Association, and the Thai Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Vietnam, united to make this event a success. Their efforts were further bolstered by the participation of the Thai private sector in Vietnam, showcasing a strong bond between the two nations.

Among the notable participants was Chinoros Benjachavakul, senior vice president for human resources and corporate affairs at C.P. Vietnam Corporation. With 60 blood donations under his belt, both in Thailand and Vietnam, Chinoros embodies the spirit of giving. He shared his motivation, expressing his desire to bring positive values to the Vietnamese people and emphasizing the unique nature of blood donation, which cannot be replicated by machines but relies solely on human compassion.

Chinoros Benjachavakul, a dedicated donor, has selflessly given blood 60 times between Thailand and Vietnam. His story serves as an inspiration to others. Source: Red Journey campaign

The Consul General, Wiraka Moodhitaporn, highlighted the significance of the blood drive, emphasizing how it brought together the Thai and Vietnamese communities in Ho Chi Minh City and the surrounding provinces. She celebrated the enduring relationship between Thailand and Vietnam, which extends beyond governmental ties and permeates the private sector and everyday lives of the people.

The blood donation event was complemented by a bicycle parade, raising awareness about the vital role of blood donation. This annual occurrence, organized by the Thai consulate in collaboration with the Vietnam Red Cross Society and the Thai Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Vietnam, serves as a testament to the enduring friendship and humanitarian spirit shared by both nations.

Thai Consul General Wiraka Moodhitaporn addresses the gathering, emphasizing the impact of blood donation in bringing the Thai and Vietnamese communities together. Source: Royal Thai Consulate-General in Ho Chi Minh City

The “Good Deeds from the Heart” program, held during the “Red Journey” campaign, underscores the shared values of kindness and mutual support between Vietnam and Thailand. Nguyen Tuan Khoi, deputy head of the organizing committee of the 2024 Red Journey, praised the event for not only facilitating blood donation but also fostering solidarity and affection between the two nations.

A cycling parade, organized as part of the humanitarian blood donation drive, serves as a powerful visual reminder of the event’s impact and the collaboration between Thailand and Vietnam. Source: Royal Thai Consulate-General in Ho Chi Minh City
The cycling parade, with around 20 participants, signifies the unity and shared purpose of the Thai and Vietnamese communities in promoting humanitarian blood donation. Source: Royal Thai Consulate-General in Ho Chi Minh City
Hannah Nguyen
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