In the run-up to the International Blood Donors’ Day, the 14th June, President of Malta, H.E. Dr George Vella took the initiative to light up the three Presidential Palaces (San Anton Palace, the Grandmaster’s Palace, and Verdala Palace) in red lighting, as a sign of gratitude towards all those who donate blood on a regular basis.
Every year in Malta, over 21,000 people regularly donate blood, on a regular basis.
President Vella appealed to government entities, NGOs, and commercial entities to follow suit and take up this initiative so that all Malta and Gozo can show their appreciation towards this noble cause.
This year, World Blood Donor Day, with the theme “Safe Blood Saves Lives”, will once again be celebrated around the world on 14 June. The event serves to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gift of blood and also to raise awareness of the need for regular blood donations to ensure that all individuals and communities have access to affordable and timely supplies of safe and quality-assured blood and blood products, as an integral part of universal health coverage and a key component of effective health systems.
In Malta, for the past years, a Blood Donor Commemoration Ceremony is always held under the auspices of The President of Malta. This year’s ceremony will not be held for the time being, but the Office of the President said that it will be held at a later date. In the meantime, light your building in red, and show your gratitude towards all those who donate blood regularly!