Activities will be held to honour 100 outstanding blood donors nationwide (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – A wide range of activities will be held from June 7-9 in the capital city of Hanoi and the northern province of Ninh Binh to honour 100 outstanding blood donors nationwide to celebrate World Blood Donor Day (June 14).

The events are organised by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Vietnam Red Cross Society, the National Steering Committee for Voluntary Blood Donation and the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion.

Besides a ceremony to honour 100 outstanding Vietnamese blood donors on June 9 in Hanoi, “journey to the Hoa Lu ancient capital” and “meeting in ancient capital” events are scheduled on June 7.

Following the events, the 6th Red Journey, a blood donation communication campaign, will kick off in southern Ca Mau province on June 14. The journey will travel through 26 cities and provinces until July 15 with a hope of collecting at least 30,000 blood units.

After five years of organisation, the Red Journey received 120,000 blood units, making contributions to improving blood shortage situation during summer, meeting emergency and treatment needs, and raising public awareness of the humanitarian blood donation movement.

According to Le Gia Tien, Director of the Permanent Office of the National Steering Committee for Voluntary Blood Donation, the World Blood Donor Day themed “Be there for someone else. Give blood. Share life” lays stress on solidarity and humanitarian value. The event highlights the importance of regular blood donations to save lives of patients in need.

In 2017 alone, the country mobilised nearly 1.4 million blood units, 98 percent of which came from voluntary blood donors.-VNA