Red Journey attracts ethnic minority donors in Dak Lak hinh anh 1The Red Journey programme took place in Buon Ma Thuot city and Ea Sup district on June 21 and 23 (Photo: VNA)

Dak Lak (VNA) – Blood donation campaign “Hanh trinh Do” (Red Journey) has returned to the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak, attracting a large number of local ethnics, including those from rural areas, to the voluntary activity.

The two donation events in Buon Ma Thuot city and Ea Sup district on June 21 and 23 have collected more than 1,640 blood units.

This is the fifth year the Red Journey has been held in Dak Lak. It drew numerous people of such ethnic groups as Kinh, E De, M’nong, Thai, Tay and Nung, and different age groups. 

The number of blood donors from remote and poor communes of the border district of Ea Sup was also higher than expectations.

This year, the campaign is expected to collect at least 30,000 blood units when it takes place in 26 provinces and cities across the country from June 13 to July 14. 

The Red Journey was initiated by the National Steering Committee for Voluntary Blood Donation and the National Institute of Haematology and Blood Transfusion in 2013. 

It is a nationwide communication campaign helping to address the shortage of blood for medical treatment in summer.

It has helped increase groups of blood donors and train many localities in the organisation of blood donation events to provide for those who need in accidents and disasters. 

More than 120,000 blood units were donated in the programme from 2013 to 2017.-VNA