‘Donate blood and keep the world’s heart beating’ is the theme chosen by the World Health Organisation to commemorate World Blood Donors’ Day.
The National Blood Transfusion Service remarked that over the span of a year, one thousand people have come forward to donate blood for the first time.
In addition, blood donation in Malta is seen as an evidence of national solidarity which makes Malta stand out from other countries.
Over 60% of blood donated during the last year during the pandemic has been given to cancer patients.
In his message for World Blood Donors’ Day, President George Vella stated that in over one year during which the pandemic ‘took over’ the whole world, the need for blood and its products did not stop.
“This year we have to recognise, more than ever before, these thousands of donors who despite this frightening scenario of upheaval did not fail to come forward and visit blood donation centres in Malta and Gozo.”
Also the Arcibishop Mons J. Scicluna also appealed to those wishing to donate to come forward and do so. He stated that anyone who had any relatives or friends in hospital would understand greatly how beneficial it is blood donation during such moments whilst adding that donating blood is similar to showing love to those around us.
On the occasion of World Blood Donors’ Day, a number of buildings in Malta and Gozo have been lit up in the colour red as a ‘thank you’ gesture to all those who came forward to donate blood and also to urge others to follow suit.
So be someone’s type and donate blood!