World Blood Donor Day - 14th June
It is the third year since we are observing 14th June as the World Blood Donor Day. This day is dedicated to the voluntary blood donors who give their blood without monetary benefits.
14th June is the birthday of Karl Landsteiner, the man responsible for the creation of the ABO blood group system, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine. The primary purpose of commemorating such a day is to make sure that people have the availibility of "safe blood" for transfuion purposes.
Every year, a different country hosts World Blood Donor Day and showcases their unique culture. This year, Australia hosts this celebratory day and the achievement of 100 percent voluntary non-remunerated donation of blood and blood components.This year, i.e. 2009, Australia is hosting the World Blood Donor Day.
¨Achieving 100 percent non-remunerated donation of blood and blood components¨
Millions of people around the world owe their lives to individuals they will never meet – people who donate their blood to help others. But millions more still can’t get safe blood when they need it. World Blood Donor Day, celebrated on June 14 every year, provides a unique opportunity to thank those very special people that help and to raise awareness about the need for more support.
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