Malta Blood Donors Association (MBDA) celebrated World Blood Donor Day at a number of events. A mobile blood was located at the entrance to Valletta, the capital city. There were visits from delegates of the main political parties, and union leaders and other officials also attended.

The Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition made an official visit to the The National Blood Centre at G’Mangia. They were greeted by the Minister of Health, Director of the Centre, MBDA officials and the Opposition Spokesman. The Police Commissioner, Civil Protection and Army officials also attended. Another official visit was made by the Archbishop. He went to the Blood Transfusion Unit at St Philip’s Hospital, St Venera, accompanied by seminarians. At both these visits, regular blood donors who have donated 10, 50 or 100 times were invited to meet dignitaries in recognition of their noble gesture towards mankind.

Well known personalities from the worlds of sport, entertainment, television and radio participated in a press conference, together with the Minister of Health and the Opposition Spokesman. On Sunday 11 June, Holy Mass, with blood donation as its theme, was celebrated in G’Mangia, televised live.

The day was also an opportunity to launch a Pledge 25 campaign, to encourage repeat donation.

Philip Chircop
MBDA Media Officer