153 pints of healthy blood

Congatrulations to Mr. Marcus Raney Dios who holds a world record for the highest number of blood donations for a human being.

His contribution to the human race for the past 3 decades is priceless! Read on how he keeps fit, among them, a life without sugar. Wow!

The Star : Saturday July 28, 2007

Malaysia’s top blood donor keeps fit

KUCHING: Marcus Raney Dios, the country’s top blood donor, has maintained a top form in health for many years.

“I cannot remember the last time I fell sick.

“I never take sick leave except after I met with a road accident in 1996,” said the Bidayuh, who is attached to the telecommunication signals section of the state Police Headquarters at Jalan Baruddin here.

Dios, 55, said regular blood donation and careful diet had kept him healthy.

“I have not taken sugar for the past eight years, and I take meat only once a week,” a health-conscious Dios told reporters at the Malaysian Red Crescent Society Kuching Chapter’s annual blood donors’ awards presentation at the City South Council theatre hall on Saturday.

The chapter’s patron Datuk Amar Laila Taib, also wife of the Chief Minister, gave away the awards to the top donors.

Dios, who has given 153 pints of blood since 1972, made his entry into the Guinness Book of Records in 2002 after donating 132 pints.

A pride to his village, Kampung Suba Bandar in Bau, Dios said he gave blood every three months and would continue to do so as long as he is able.

His only son, Houdson Jay, 28, is also a regular blood donor.

Jay is a policeman serving in Banting, Selangor.

Dios urged youngsters to sign up as regular blood donors as their selfless deeds would help save the lives of others.

“You may need blood one day.Do not expect others to help you all the times,” he said.

He said Red Crescent needed to recruit more young people to replace the veteran donors, who had to stop giving blood as they reached about 60 years old.

Other top donors who received their awards were Goh Eng Hui (135 pints), Arabi Edi and Vixonsday Francis Ketir (95 pints each) and Ismail Usop (90 pints).

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