World Blood Donor Day 2015: The 5Ws Edition

Every year, people across the globe celebrate various occasions, some of which are solely dedicated to a specific person.

For example, Father’s Day for dads, Mother’s Day for moms, Grandparents Day for our loving grandpa and grandma, Teacher’s Day for the educators of the world, and there is even a Siblings Day dedicated to our sisters and brothers.

There are also occasions that focus on events or awareness, such as Labor Day, Independence Day, Earth Day, No Tobacco Day, AIDS Day, Malaria Day, and many more.

Of course, let us not forget that special day when blood donors and the campaign for blood donation are celebrated— and encouraged.

 

WHAT: WORLD BLOOD DONOR DAY

As heroes of the world, blood donors truly deserve a special day dedicated for them and the lifesaving deed they do. Fortunately, this certain day has been going on for years.

The World Blood Donor Day, or WBDD for short, was established in 2004 by the World Health Organization (WHO). It is one of the eight health campaigns of the organization, alongside World Tuberculosis Day, World Health Day, World Immunization Week, World Malaria Day, World No Tobacco Day, World Hepatitis Day, and World AIDS Day.

The World Blood Donor Day was created to raise people’s awareness about the international blood supply status, as well as give thanks to those kind, compassionate, and unpaid (but happy) people who donate blood willingly, wholeheartedly, and continuously. This is the day when all of their efforts and painful (but fulfilling) blood donation stints are rewarded with one of the most satisfying form of recognition: gratitude.

Theme for 2015: Thank You For Saving My Life

Since its inception eleven years ago, the organization has created many successful and meaningful themes to go with the World Blood Donor Day. Following 2012’s “Every Blood Donor Is A Hero,” 2013’s “Give The Gift Of Life,” and last year’s “Safe Blood For Saving Mothers,” the WHO now brings us this year’s theme: “Thank You For Saving My Life.”

The theme for this year straightly aims at those who never fail to give blood and help patients regain their life and their will to live. Reading from the theme’s title, this year’s World Blood Donor Day is directly for— you guessed it— blood donors.

However, this year’s celebration is not only focused on giving blood donors the biggest and greatest of thanks. The upcoming World Blood Donor Day also serves to encourage more potential donors to participate in blood donation, even on ordinary days. Furthermore, one of the campaign’s agenda this year is to share stories of people who have been actually saved by donated blood. In a way, this kind of storytelling will convince and inspire more people to do the good deed, which is donating blood.

 

WHEN: JUNE 14, 2015

Since the WHO created the World Blood Donor Day, the date of this event has always been on the 14th of June.

You may be quite curious: what is with that exact date?

Aside from recognizing blood donors and raising awareness about blood donation, the World Blood Donor Day also commemorates the birthday of Austrian physician and biologist Karl Landsteiner, who is considered by many as the founder of modern blood transfusion.

This year, nothing changes— on Sunday, June 14, 2015, blood donors will be honored, patients will share their heartwarming “donor-to-patient” stories, and the campaign to a better blood donation worldwide will be encouraged.

 

WHO: EVERYONE

Yes, each and every one of us is invited to join the campaign and save lives. Being eligible to donate is a major requirement, but it is easy to achieve as long as you are living healthy.

For more information on how to determine if you are allowed to donate blood or not, visit the American Red Cross website.

 

WHERE: ALL OVER THE WORLD

The celebration itself does not have the “world” word in it for nothing. Wherever you may be— whether it is on the far end of the world or near the civilization, you are invited to take part in this momentous event.

Be a hero by donating blood in any blood donation centers near you!

 

WHY: ONE DEED, MANY LIVES SAVED

Donating blood is a very noble cause. It is truly one of the greatest gifts you could ever give to your fellow countrymen, especially those in the hospitals who are depending on blood to save their lives.

Joining this year’s World Blood Donor Day would mean a lot, not only to existing blood donors (because new donors are always good news to the community— more donors would mean more lives could be saved), but, most especially, to the patients who will benefit from the blood that you will donate. Why hold back when you can help save three lives with just one donation?

 

BLOODBANKER AND THE WORLD BLOOD DONOR DAY

Always in the spirit of blood-giving, Bloodbanker— the leading website when it comes to blood bank directory and related news/articles— is here to assist you on your donation how-tos!

If you are currently living or staying in the United States, do not fret on World Blood Donor Day, because Bloodbanker’s up-to-date blood bank directory is present to make your hunt for the nearest blood donation center easier, less time-consuming, and definitely convenient!

For easy navigation, simply go to our Bloodbanker directory and choose from our three center-selecting options: type the name of a specific blood donation center, choose your state (US or Canada), or select from the list of companies provided in the page.

We always have your back, Jack— Bloodbanker’s directory is complete in all cities and states, and we strive for accurate and updated information all the time. So, you have nothing to worry about, because here at Bloodbanker, we have got you covered.

For more information on how you can contribute to this year’s World Blood Donor Day, please visit the World Health Organization’s website. To familiarize yourself with the whole process of blood donation (as well as the joy of giving blood), feel free to browse any of the articles in Bloodbanker’s Plasma Blog.

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