Localities respond to blood donation campaign

A programme was held in the northern province of Bac Giang on June 11 to respond to "Hanh trinh Do" (Red Journey), the country’s largest-scale blood donation campaign.
At a blood donation event. (Photo: VNA)
At a blood donation event. (Photo: VNA)

The campaign, initiated in 2013, is being rolled out in 51 cities and provinces, aiming to raise public awareness of the work, with at least 120,000 units of blood expected to be collected in June and July.

Bac Giang province has responded to the campaign for 11 consecutive years. With activities carried out from May 1 to August 31, the locality expects to collect 4,800 units and encourage some 20 residents to join the standby blood donation team during this year’s drive.

Speaking at the event, Chairwoman of the Vietnam Red Cross Society (VRC) Bui Thi Hoa, who is also Deputy Head of the Standing Board of the National Steering Committee for Voluntary Blood Donation, asked Bac Giang to encourage the participation of economic groups, businesses, and religions in the campaign, while stepping up the communications work.

On this occasion, 110 outstanding collectives and individuals in the efforts received certificates of merit from the VRC Central Committee and the provincial People’s Committee.

The province collected more than 27,300 units of blood last year, surpassing its target by 70.82%, and over 15,100 units so far this year, fulfilling 86.52% of the plan.

A similar event was held in the northern mountainous province of Lai Chau the same day, during which the VRC Central Committee and the provincial People’s Committee presented certificates of merit to six collectives, a family, and 12 individuals for their significant contributions to the campaign.

The organisers also granted gifts to 18 disadvantaged patients who are under treatment at the provincial general hospital, each worth 500,000 VND (19.65 USD).

The province collected 33,690 units of blood between 2007 and 2023, and 2,729 units in the first half of this year.