Thailand’s Red Cross hoping for bloody Halloween

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Thailand’s Red Cross Society had its staff and volunteers dress up as ghosts, monsters and witches for Halloween at its centre for giving blood.

The donation room at the society’s National Blood Centre was festooned with faux spiderwebs and plastic bats of the blood-sucking kind.

At a minimum, nurses had horns or bat wings attached to their hats; others had macabre face paint, and a few gung-ho ghouls went all out in full dress as witches, ghosts and creatures of indeterminate monstrosity.

The Red Cross says the need for donated blood grows by 8-10% a year.

A nurse in fancy dress takes blood from a donor
Nurses in fancy dress took blood from donors (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Wantana Boonyasiripong, from Bangkok, said: “Donors are pretty excited to see ghosts. It’s kind of fun, making it a happy occasion for us to donate blood and make merit.”

According to the centre, about 14% of Bangkok’s population donates blood, but some 40% of what is collected goes to areas outside of the capital, where the donation rate averages just 2.6%.

“The fact is you can donate blood any day,” said Muanfun Bumroongton, a volunteer at the centre who painted her face as Batman villain The Joker. “We just thought that we could have extra fun today for those who come, making the day a bit more colourful.”

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