The "Red Blood" day opens in Ho Chi Minh City (Source : tienphong)
HCM City (VNA) –Thousands of people participated in the “Red Sunday”, a voluntary blood donation progamme, held in the southern city of Ho Chi Minh on January 3.

Some 1,000 blood units were collected in the morning of the day.

Secretary of the Central Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Nguyen Anh Tuan said the programme holds a significant meaning in increasing public awareness of sharing precious blood to save patients.

After Ho Chi Minh City, the programme will travel to other provinces and cities across the country.

The “Red Sunday” was first held in 2009. Taking place nationwide on the New Year occasion, the programme has received warm response from the public, especially young people.

The initiative was co-organised by the Tien Phong Newspaper, Ho Chi Minh City Voluntary Blood Donation Centre, Cho Ray Hospital and Van Hien University.-VNA