World blood donor day 2021

Monday the 14th June is World Blood Donor Day, and the Red Cross Society of Seychelles, RCSS, is organizing a short ceremony to commemorate the day at 9.00a.m.

The ceremony will comprised of rewarding one of our volunteers who has been donating blood for over thirty-five (35) years, and three (3) youths from our National Society who have also been donating blood since they joined the Red Cross Society of Seychelles. They will also share their stories, experiences on blood donation.

During the week, staff and volunteers of the RCSS will also be joining others in donating blood.

This year’s theme; Give blood and keep the world beating”, highlights the essential contribution blood donors make to keeping the world pulsating by saving lives and improving others’ health. It reinforces the global call for more people all over the world to donate blood regularly and contribute to better health. World Blood Donor Day is an annual international event which pays tribute to all unpaid voluntary donors for their gift while raising awareness on the importance of regular donations in order to secure high-quality blood and blood components for use in the healthcare system.

A special focus of this year’s campaign is the role of young people in ensuring a safe blood supply. In many countries, young people have been at the forefront of activities and initiatives aimed at achieving safe blood supplies through voluntary, non-remunerated blood donations. Young people form a large sector of the population in many societies and are generally full of idealism, enthusiasm and creativity.

The specific objectives of this year’s campaign are to:

  • thank blood donors in the world and create wider public awareness of the need for regular, unpaid blood donation;
  • promote the community values of blood donation in enhancing community solidarity and social cohesion;
  • encourage youth to embrace the humanitarian call to donate blood and inspire others to do the same;