World Blood Donor Day 2012 - Every blood donor is a hero

A young couple are one of 500 couples who gave blood at the Pink Spring Festival in Ha Noi.
National Institute of Haematology, Viet Nam

On 14 June, countries worldwide celebrate World Blood Donor Day with events to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank voluntary unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood. The theme of the 2012 World Blood Donor Day campaign, “Every blood donor is a hero” focuses on the idea that every one of us can become a hero by giving blood. While recognizing the silent and unsung heroes who save lives every day through their blood donations, the theme also strongly encourages more people all over the world to donate blood voluntarily and regularly.

Republic of Korea to host the global event of the World Blood Donor Day 2012

World Blood Donor Day is dedicated to honor and thank voluntary non-remunerated blood donors for giving the most precious gift of all - the Gift of Life. June 14th, birthday of Karl Landsteiner, the founder of the ABO blood group system, was recognized as the World Blood Donor day.

On 23 February 2012, the Republic of Korea being the host of the global event of the World Blood Donor Day 2012, created the largest human blood drop to win Guinness World Record, breaking all previous records.

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