“Red Journey” returns to Can Tho, aims for 1,100 blood units hinh anh 1Illustrative image. (Photo: VNA)

Can Tho (VNA) – The Mekong Delta City of Can Tho expects to collect about 1,100 blood units in this year’s nationwide blood donation campaign “Hanh Trinh Do” (Red Journey) held in the city on June 17.

The amount of blood is expected to exceed the goal of 800 blood units set for each city and province during the campaign.

Thousands of people, including many soldiers and students, have donated their blood during the event named “Sac Do Tay Do” (Red Colour of Tay Do) which was held in the city for six consecutive years.

This year’s event attracted a large number of high-school and undergraduate students from across the city; many of whom have taken part in the campaign every year since it was launched in 2013, said President of Can Tho’s Red Cross Society Huynh Thanh Thao.

They have inspired the love for other beings and sense of responsibility among the young people and further expanded the campaign, she added.

In the morning the same day, the Red Cross Society of Can Tho, organiser of Red Journey campaign and representatives from BIDV visited and presented gifts to 15 impoverished patients suffering from congenital hemolytic anemia in the city’s Hematology and Blood Transfusion Hospital.

“Red Journey” is a cross-country campaign initiated by the National Steering Committee for Voluntary Blood Donation and the National Institute of Haematology and Blood Transfusion in 2013, aiming to raise public awareness of the need for blood donation as well as thalassaemia, a genetic blood disorder that can lead to heart failure and liver problems, and to address the shortage of blood for medical use.

Last year, the campaign collected over 38,000 blood units nationwide.-VNA