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Hanoi (VNA) – A ceremony was held in Hanoi on June 14 to honour 100 outstanding blood donors in Vietnam, an event in response to World Blood Donor Day. 

The exemplars are from the 63 provinces and cities along with ministries and central agencies. They include Nguyen Huu Thuan who has donated blood 84 times, Ta Minh Dat (71 times) and Venerable Thich Thien Anh (63 times). 

The eldest person is Nguyen Van Hung, 63, from Tay Ninh province. His family donated blood 76 times, including 24 times by Hung. He has also encouraged about 100 other people to participate in blood donation campaigns. 

The youngest credited donor is Truong Thien Ho Thuyen, 20, from Can Tho city. She and her family have voluntarily given blood 15 times. 

At the ceremony, Politburo member and Chairwoman of the Party Central Committee’s Mass Mobilisation Commission Truong Thi Mai said the persons honoured should continue to be role models and encourage their relatives, friends and colleagues to join them. 

June 14 was chosen as World Blood Donor Day in 2004. This year’s event is themed: “Blood connects us all.” 

In Vietnam, the national steering committee for voluntary blood donations and the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion, have held various activities from June 12 – 14 to give credit to blood donors. 

A donation campaign in Hanoi on June 12 collected 1,184 units of blood. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health presented insignias for those who have made great contributions to voluntary blood donation.-VNA