World Blood Donor Day cum Hong Kong Red Cross Blood Transfusion Services60th Anniversary Kick-off Ceremony and Bus Tour
The Hong Kong Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service (BTS) organized the World Blood Donor Day cum BTS 60th Anniversary Kick-off Ceremony at Telford Plaza I, Kowloon Bay on 16th June 2012 with the purpose to appreciate every unsung hero who donates blood to save other lives and encourage more citizens to give blood.
14th June is the “World Blood Donor Day (WBDD)” that all countries over the world will organize activities to publicly acknowledge and appreciate voluntary non-remunerated blood donors. The global theme of the WBDD this year is “Every Blood Donor is a Hero”, with the purpose to appreciate all the blood donorswho donated their blood to save other lives and encourage more people to give blood. Through the activities, BTS would like to appreciate blood donors and to celebrate BTS 60th Anniversary this year.
The officiating guests included Dr YorkChowYat-Ngok, former Secretary for Food and Health; Dr Leung Pak-yin,Chief Executive of Hospital Authority;Vincent Lo Wing-sang, Deputy Chairman of Hong Kong Red Cross; Philip Tsai Wing-chung, Chairman of Blood Transfusion Service Governing Committee; andDr. Hung Chi-tim, Cluster Chief Executive, Kowloon Central Cluster, Hospital Authority.
There were six blood donors representing each decade of the sixty years shared their enjoyable donation experiences. They also appealed to the public to join them to give blood and save lives. After the sharing session, C AllStar, celebrity band group came and performed to show their support.
After the World Blood Donor Day cum BTS 60th Anniversary Kick-off Ceremony, guests and members of Youth Donor Club and volunteers participated in the bus parade at Mongkok Pedestrian Street. They promoted to the public about the importance of giving blood and to recruit them for blood donation.
Through the activities, the BTSaims to motivate more people in the community to take their first step of blood donation for saving more lives, and together to join with the BTS to live out this year’s theme, “Every Blood Donor is a Hero”.