Give blood this World Blood Donor Day 14th June
Why give blood?
Giving blood saves lives. The blood you give is a lifeline in an emergency and for people who need long-term treatments.
Many people would not be alive today if donors had not generously given their blood.
Every year over 107 million units of blood are donated around the world, helping to save the lives of millions of people and half of these units are collected in high income countries.
Despite these figures, the day isn’t just about encouraging people to donate blood – it is to celebrate and thank those who donate blood freely with no reward.
World Blood Donor Day is observed on 14 June each year
The 14th of June is also a significant date for this special day as it is the birthday of Karl Landsteiner, the Nobel prize winner who discovered the ABO blood group system.
This day will see the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Federation of Blood Donor Organisations and the International Society of Blood Transfusion come together along with the World Health Organisation to promote blood the benefits of donating blood around the world.
The theme of this year’s World Blood Donor Day is “Blood connects us all”.
It focuses on thanking blood donors and highlights the dimension of “sharing” and “connection” between blood donors and patients. In addition, we have adopted the slogan “Share life, give blood”, to draw attention to the roles that voluntary donation systems play in encouraging people to care for one another and promote community cohesion.
The campaign aims to highlight stories of people whose lives have been saved through blood donation, to motivate regular blood donors to continue giving blood, and motivate people in good health who have never given blood to begin doing so, particularly young people.
If you want to find out where you can give blood- click HERE to find your closest location.
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