World Blood Donor Day 2010

World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) is celebrated on June 14th every year. It is an opportunity to express gratitude to those who donate their blood in order to save lives, without expecting anything in return.

Every year, a different country hosts WBDD and showcases their unique culture. This year, Barcelona hosted this celebratory day with the theme: “New Blood for the World”

As part of this year’s global celebrations, each country participated in making a ‘Human Blood Drop’ outside a well known landmark. In Wales nearly sixty members from the Armed Forces and the Military Preparation College joined us at the grounds of Cardiff Castle to make our very own human blood drop.

To mark the occasion in Wales, the First Minister Carwyn Jones showed his support and encouraged all eligible people in Wales to give blood to save lives.

The Minister, who is a donor, himself said: “Blood from donors helps to save people’s lives every day. Blood services are vital and important who rely solely on the generosity of people to donate.”

“Many people are concerned about giving blood as they believe it may hurt, but I assure you it doesn’t.”