Would you like to be a hero? Or better yet how about
saving someone’s life? Here is your opportunity to make a difference in an
individual’s life. June 14, 2012 marks World Blood Donor Day. The World Health
Organization, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent
Societies, International Federation of Blood Donor Organizations and the
International Society of Blood Transfusion, have worked collaboratively to
promote voluntary blood donation through the celebration of World Blood Donor
Day and other events. The main goal of World Blood Donor Day is to raise awareness of the need for
safe blood and blood products and to thank voluntary unpaid blood donors for
their life-saving gifts of blood.
The theme of this year’s World
Blood Donor Day campaign is “Every
blood donor is a hero” focuses on the idea that every one of us
can become a hero by giving blood. While recognizing the silent and unsung
heroes who save lives every day through their blood donations, the theme also
strongly encourages more people all over the world to donate blood voluntarily
A student on the NCU campus gives blood recently during a visit by the Blood Bank
World Blood Donor Day builds on the success
of World Health Day 2000, which was devoted to the theme ‘Blood Saves Lives. Safe Blood Starts With Me’. The enthusiasm and
energy with which this day was celebrated was a powerful and positive response
to the opportunity to thank the millions of people who give the precious gift
of life through their donation of blood every year. It also builds on
International Blood Donor Day organized annually by the International
Federation of Blood Donor Organizations since 1995.
The aim of designating this annual day was to
link it to a global celebration by promoting voluntary non-remunerated blood
donation throughout the world. By designating one special day to celebrate the
role of voluntary blood donors around the world, it is hoped that a new
generation of blood donors will follow their example, providing sufficient
supplies of the safest blood possible for use wherever and whenever it is
needed to save lives.
Another important objective of World Blood
Donor Day is to focus national efforts on improving the safety and adequacy of
national blood supplies by promoting a substantial increase in the number of
safe, voluntary non-remunerated blood donors who give blood regularly.
what are the benefits of donating blood? For those patients whom are prone to
iron overload, blood donation prevents the accumulation of toxic quantities.
The donation of blood may reduce
the risk of heart disease for men. Regular donors are often given some sort of
non-monetary recognition. Time off from work is a common benefit. Blood centres will also
sometimes add incentives such as assurances that donors would have priority
during shortages, free T-shirts, first aid kits, pens, and similar trinkets.
There are also incentives for the people who recruit potential donors, such as
prize drawings for donors and rewards for organizers of successful drives.
Recognition of dedicated donors is common. For example, the Singapore Red Cross Society
presents awards for voluntary donors who have made a certain number of
donations under the Blood Donor Recruitment Programme starting with a
"bronze award" for 25 donations.
Be a hero
today and help save someone’s life.