The Guangzhou Blood center was hit by a flash mob on June 26. Nearly 100 expat visitors from Iran donated blood at the center. The group , ranging in age from teenagers to the elderly, are Iranians who study or work here in Guangdong province.
"In the Iranian culture, donating blood symbolizes a very good relationship among people. The friendship between Iran and China has existed for centuries", said Mr. Alireza Salarian, Consul General of Iran in Guangzhou. This is the Consul General's first time to donate blood after a failed try previously. "This is an successful attempt, we will organize more charity activities in the future", Mr. Alireza Salarian added.
" Let our blood flow in the veins of the Chinese. In this way, we hope to show our friendliness and deep feeling to the Chinese", expressed Mr. Sarabadani, president of Iranian Chamber of Commerce in China.
Mr. Sarabadani has personally donated to the center before. Deeply attracted by Chinese Philosophy (Laocius and Confucius as he mentioned), he came to Guangzhou in 1978, in pursuit of the original philosophy instead of the English version. "I have a Dragon and a Phoenix, and the Dragon was born in China (Dragon stands for the son in traditional Chinese culture and phoenix for the daughter).
The activity was initiated by Mr. Bob Long, an Iranian businessman and his friend. With the idea in mind, they started the event, making phone calls, designing T-shirt,etc.. As a result, almost half of the Iranians living in Guangzhou participated in the activity.
"Such a large scale of expats from a certain country coming to us for donating blood is the first time this has happened in China," said Mr. Wang Deputy Director of Guangzhou Blood Center.
"The donation procedure for foreigners is the same as for local residents. They only need a previous health check. We expect more foreign organizations to join in blood donation, and next time we will take the initiative to invite them," said Wang.
Mr. Bob Long(Right) and Passa(Left), an 14 year old Iranian boy who volunteers as an interpreter.