World Blood Donor Day is celebrated every 14th of June and it encourages people to give blood and save lives without asking for anything in return. There are other organisations that celebrate similar days around the world (for example The Red Cross) but this day serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood.
I count safe blood transfusion as one of the major breakthroughs in modern medicine. I’m also eternally grateful to all donors who made it possible for my father to survive an emergency heart operation. Without you that wouldn’t have been possible.
The theme of this year’s campaign is “Thank you for saving my life”. It focuses on thanking blood donors who save lives every day through their blood donations and strongly encourages more people all over the world to donate blood voluntarily and regularly with the slogan “Give freely, give often. Blood donation matters.” The campaign aims to highlight stories from people whose lives have been saved through blood donation, as a way of motivating regular blood donors to continue giving blood and people in good health who have never given blood to begin doing so. (Source: WHO)
While we may equate transfusions with operations and trauma related events, blood donation helps people suffering from life-threatening conditions as well. There are so many fascinating breakthroughs made in this science field. Transfusions and blood products help save millions of lives every year and isn’t that wonderful? 😀