June 14: Blood Donor Day

Find out how this date was instituted and its importance for raising awareness among the population

Donating blood is a voluntary act, of love for others, with the aim of saving lives. And we ensure an adequate supply of blood only through regular donations. In addition, each donor’s blood is separated into different components — red blood cells, platelets and plasma — and thus benefits up to 3 patients in emergency and other medical situations.

How did World Blood Donor Day come about?

The special day to thank donors and encourage more people to donate blood was established by the World Health Assembly in 2005.

The date of June 14th is a tribute to the birth of Karl Landsteiner, Austrian immunologist who discovered the Rh factor and the various differences between blood types.

In addition to thanking donors, this date is a day to raise awareness of the global need for safe blood and how everyone can contribute.

However, at certain times, blood centers suffer from low stocks due to the lack of regular donation. For example, school holidays, commemorative days and extended holidays are the main dates that present this scenario.

Members of the UCKG Apukeskus part of the UNISOCIAL group came together once more to support the FINNISH RED CROSS BLOOD SERVICE. Our aim is to encourage friends and other communities to give blood, while also explaining why it is good to do so.

The UCKG is aware of the importance of this conscience to Donate.

Everyone and even more christians should have this in mind that helping others can always be done in different ways, the love to our next must be continuously expressed in our every action. 

Lives can be lost for lack of suitable supplies; yet sometimes people do not know how to become a blood donor, while every donation benefits at least three patients.

A great example of this message is was given by apostle Paul when he reminded the first christians what the Lord Jesus said; 

“I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ” Acts 20:35

We continue to organise actions like this and keep encouraging people to do more for others. 

UCKG is a Christian registered association that offers a range of practical support activities alongside spiritual support and comfort and welcomes all- comers.