WORLD BLOOD DONOR DAY
World Blood Donor Day on June 14th serves to celebrate the donors and to raise awareness. The need for safe and reliable supplies of blood and blood products is a neverending requirement around the world. Thanks to volunteer donors, readily accessible blood banks, and trained professionals, quality blood supplies are more accessible than ever before.
As part of the awareness campaign, World Blood Donor Day stresses the importance of voluntary donation to the safety of the blood supply. Volunteer unpaid donation in conjunction with screening protocols is essential for the safest blood supply.
Blood and blood by-products support both planned and emergency treatments. During disasters, volunteer donors step up to fill the need. Donors give whole blood as often as every 56 days. Platelet donations may be given every 7 days but are limited to 24 contributions per year.
HOW TO OBSERVE
If you’re a blood donor, celebrate! Those who have received a donation are thankful for your contribution and hope you keep donating. Share your experiences and encourage others to donate, too!
Thank a donor. Whether we’re a type A, B, or O, we never know when we might need a transfusion and thanks to donors, the pint we need will be there.
Find out more about blood donation and register to be a donor. Visit www.redcrossblood.org to find out more.
Use #WorldBloodDonorDay, #WBDD, and #BeAHero to follow on social media.
The International Federation of Red Cross, International Federation of Blood Donor Organizations and the International Society of Blood Transfusion joined forces to create World Blood Donor Day. It was first launched on June 14, 2004, in Johannesburg, South Africa. The date was selected in honor of Karl Landsteiner’s birthday. He discovered and classified the A, B, and O blood groups at the turn of the 20th century. It’s because of his discovery that doctors became able to transfuse blood from one patient to another, and thus save countless lives.
The first celebration honored, as it does today, the donors around the world – especially those who donate several times a year – with the hope that more people would be inspired to become donors.