1. Are you from BMDP?
No. We are not BMDP staff. We’re professional fund-raisers representing the BMDP to raise $3 million annually in order to grow the Bone Marrow Volunteer Register and help save more lives.
2. Are you a Volunteer?
No, I am not a Volunteer. The company that I work for was appointed by BMDP to market and administer the Direct Debit Donor Programme (DDDP).
3. Who is APPCO?
APPCO is an international & professional fund raising company. We’re appointed by BMDP to market & administer the Direct Debit Donor Programme. We raise funds for a number of charities in Singapore and worldwide.
4. How are you paid?
We are paid from a pre-allocated fund-raising budget.
5. Are you commission based?
Yes. We are paid a small incentive for the work we do everyday. We do this 10 hours a day, 6 days a week. But we really just want to do our part to help save the lives of those patients who are going to die unless they can have a bone marrow transplant.
6. How much of what I donate goes to the Charity?
Every single cent goes directly to BMDP to save patients with blood diseases.
7. Why do I have to pay S$0.80 administrative fee?
The administrative fee is from the bank. It is to help partially cover the administrative work needed to process the donations.
8. Can I know more about the work of BMDP?
Yes you can, please go to www.bmdp.org to read more about the work done to help these patients and how you can sign up as a Volunteer Bone Marrow Donor.
9. Are there any other affiliated Hospitals/ Corporations with BMDP in this donation drive?
In Singapore the BMDP works with all the major hospitals who have active transplant programmes. These include Singapore General Hospital (SGH), the National University Hospital (NUH), KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKWCH) as well as Gleneagles and Mount Elizabeth.
10. How does a patient get funding from BMDP?
Patients are supported in different ways depending upon their financial status. For example the work of building and running the register and looking out for that one matched donor for any patient who needs a transplant, is provided at absolutely no cost to the patient. All this work is funded by the charity.
Then if a patient is not able to cover the cost of procuring the bone marrow or blood stem cells, they will appeal through the usual channels set up in the hospitals – the Medical Social Workers. These people are well trained in how to do the necessary means testing and as appropriate a patient will then be referred to the BMDP for funding or other support.
11. How do I apply for this funding? I have a relative who is in need of this transplant.
As mentioned above, the approach must be made through the hospital as the BMDP doesn’t have the staff resources or the necessary access to private information about the patient on which to make a decision.
12. What do I need to qualify as a Bone Marrow Donor?
Most healthy people from age 17 – 49 are eligible to become a bone marrow donor and the most important criteria is that we will be able to stay in contact with if and when you come up as a match for a patient. In support of this, we only recruit Singaporeans and Permanent Residents onto the database. There are some qualifying questions before you can be a donor and there’s more online, please go to www.bmdp.org
13. Who are the qualified Pledgers for this Bone Marrow Donor Programme?
Working adults with the ability to support BMDP on a long term basis.
14. Background of BMDP?
For the past 20 years, the Bone Marrow Donor Programme has been providing that one chance of survival to hundreds of patients suffering from terminal blood-related diseases. Where their only chance is to have a bone marrow transplant and there’s no matching brother or sister able to donate healthy blood stem cells.
The BMDP manages Singapore’s only register of volunteer bone marrow donors and with just a 1 in 20,000 chance of finding a matching donor, they are absolutely committed to build the local donor register into a true national asset able to help all Singaporeans have that second chance.
The BMDP’s promise is to find a donor for every patient and to do this, they reach out to all sectors and let people know that every one of us has the power to save a life – then BMDP gives them the opportunity to sign up and actually do something about it.
At the same time, the BMDP is handling requests from the hospitals here to find a match for specific patients and this is when they search the database and an identified donor has an opportunity to actually save the life of another person.Our vision is to provide hope for patients with leukaemia and blood-related diseases
15. What are these funds used for?
These funds will allow BMDP to garner more volunteers and pay the cost of growing the Bone Marrow Volunteer Register, medical costs in finding the match PLUS helping the needy in their bone marrow transplant/stem cells. Each bone marrow procurement costs between $25,000- $55,000 and this does not include the cost of the chemotherapy and all the other associated medical bills.
16. Is my donation tax-deductible?
Yes, you are applicable for 250% tax deduction for this donation.
17. What methods can the donation be?
– Visa, Master, AMEX and cheque (for 1-time donation) only
18. 3 reasons to donate:
(1) Grow the Bone Marrow Volunteer Register
(2) Long term message- It would take 1,316 Pledgers to support for 5 yrs in order to grow 20,000 Bone Marrow volunteers.
(3) Future plan- to get all Young and Healthy Singaporeans aged 17 to 30 to be a Bone Marrow Volunteer.
19. What does it take to be a volunteer?
Come down to the BMDP office (8 Sinaran Drive, #03-02, Novena Specialist Center. Singapore 307470).
Do a Swab test! Tel: 6340 1040 – www.bmdp.org
20. How do you manage the personal data that I have provided to BMDP?
We are committed to safeguarding the personal data which you have provided to us. The BMDP treat all personal data with care and due confidentiality in accordance with the Singapore Personal Data Protection Act (No. 26 of 2012) as well as prevailing regulations governing us as a registered charity and approved institutions of a Public Character (IPCs).