February 22 2018
Pambansang Bae Alden Richards and Kapuso heartthrob Ken Chan donated blood during separate bloodletting events of GMA Kapuso Foundation (GMAKF).
Alden joined GMA Network employees at the nationwide Kapuso Bloodletting Day, held simultaneously last February 9 at the Network’s headquarters in Quezon City and in GMA’s various Regional TV stations.
Alden surprised everyone, including his fans, when he announced that he will donate blood for the first time. “This is my way of sharing a part of me to help save lives and to be of service to those in need. It’s a very delightful feeling,” he said.
The Kapuso star also encouraged his supporters to donate blood as well.
Now on its 10th year, the annual event organized by GMA Network’s Corporate Affairs Division in coordination with GMA Kapuso Foundation and the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) yielded a total of 1,569 (706,050 cc) blood bags.
GMA Vice President for Corporate Affairs and Communication Angel Javier Cruz said that giving blood is the essence of Serbisyong Totoo. “When we give our blood, we show our love and care for our fellow countrymen and for me, that’s really the sign of a true Kapuso,” she emphasized.
Meanwhile, Ken Chan donated blood for the first time at GMAKF’s bi-annual Sagip Dugtong Buhay project last February 10 at the Ever Gotesco Mall in Quezon City which produced 1,902 (855,900 cc) blood bags.
“I’ve always wanted to donate blood, but I just didn’t know where or how. Good thing there’s GMA Kapuso Foundation which is always there to help others,” Ken said.
“We do the Sagip Dugtong Buhay every February during the love month and in August during our founder Tita Mel Tiangco’s birthday month, because this advocacy is very close to her heart. The purpose of having twice a year activity for bloodletting is to also encourage the value of volunteerism. We should also take care of our health so we can donate blood,” said GMAKF Executive Vice President and COO Rikki Escudero-Catibog.
Donations during the Kapuso Bloodletting Day and Sagip Dugtong Buhay reached a total of 3,471 (1,561,950 cc) blood bags and were given to the Philippine Red Cross.