Romance is in the blood for donors
A chance encounter at a blood donor centre drew a couple together eight years ago. Now, they hope to exchange wedding vows at the very same place.
Tsui Yat-kit, 33, and Ng Tsz-wan, 27, are planning to tie the knot on December 12 at the Red Cross Blood Transfusion Services' Tsuen Wan Donor Centre.
The centre, which reopened yesterday after a five-month renovation, has special meaning for both Tsui and Ng, given the important role it played in their relationship.
The couple struck up a conversation while waiting in line to donate blood on July 31, 2004. They have been together since then and return every July to give blood.
'We went for something to eat and exchanged telephone numbers after donating blood. Things went from there after realising we had chemistry,' Tsui said.
He said they also went on a lot of dates in the area and planned the rest of their nuptials near the centre.
'We really hope to get married here, without disrupting its normal operations,' Ng said.
'We're still in talks,' she said, before Tsui chimed in: 'If we can't, maybe we can get married outside.'
Ng said they were 'really worried when construction work started at the centre and we thought it was going to be closed down'. They were relieved to learn that it would reopen.
The centre closed in August for an upgrade to make it more comfortable for donors. Food and Health Secretary Dr York Chow Yat-ngok was among the guests at the relaunch yesterday. The event was timed to coincide with Valentine's Day to encourage people to show their love by donating blood to people in need.
The chemistry may have been instant, but not everything went smoothly. 'A lot of my friends were shocked when I told them about where we met,' Ng said. Some wondered if she could really count on a guy she had met in such an unusual way. 'I believed in him; a bad person doesn't donate blood,' Ng said, clasping her fianc?'s hand.
'We don't want the donor centre to ever close down. We still want to able to donate blood here on our 60th wedding anniversary.'
And their wishes this year for Valentine's Day? 'We hope our marriage will last forever,' Ng said, looking at Tsui nodding and smiling back.