Did you know it’s World Blood Donor Day?
Established in 2005 by the World Health Organization, World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) is celebrated around the world on 14 June. The day marks the birth of Karl Landsteiner, an Austrian biologist, physician and immunologist who discovered blood types and co-discovered the Rh factor—the latter discovery meant the prevention of incompatibility reactions during blood transfusions. Today is a day to recognise the vital role of volunteer blood donors in saving lives. It’s also a day to raise awareness on the importance of regular blood donations for an effective healthcare system.
It only takes an hour to give blood, but every donation can help save three lives. From medical research to plasma treatments and emergency uses, access to safe high-quality blood and blood products is essential.
Interested to learn more? Find out more about how you can make a positive difference on the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood website.