Celebrations were held all over Poland to mark World Blood Donor Day. In Lublin, a family picnic took place on 10 June with the participation of local dignitaries and Youth Rescuers teams. In Cracow, medals and diplomas were awarded to blood donors in the presence of local dignitaries, following a blood collection. In Zielona Góra, blood donors took part in a local radio programme, with a competition for listeners. In the region of Kielce, at Starachowice, four secondary schools helped out at a blood collection campaign on 14 June, and are pleased to report that there are already 80 new donors.

In the Gdańsk region, at Gdynia, a mobile blood collection targeted secondary school young people on 13 and 14 June. In Olsztyn, a collection campaign took place jointly with a lottery. In Szczexin, two mountain bicycles were given as prizes in a competition called “Youth blood donation”. A campaign entitled “A Holiday Drop of Blood” was launched and ran until the end of June. There was also an exhibition of paintings under the motto “You can save someone’s life as well – become a non-remunerated blood donor”.

At Świnoujscie, donors were awarded diplomas and met students of the local medical school. At Kołobrzeg, donors met with local dignitaries. In the region of Opole, at Olesno, donors got together for an angling competition. At Łódź, blood donors met the city authorities and were awarded state medals. Prizes and diplomas were given to schools and teachers for a school competition called “Young Blood Saves Life”. In the town, a blood collection took place with Polish Red Cross volunteers wearing blood drop costumes. They distributed leaflets, balloons and promotional material encouraging the public to donate blood.

At Mońki in the region of Bialystok a blood collection campaign took place in the local college organized by the Polish Red Cross branch. In the Warsaw region at the town of Plock, prizes were awarded for the contest called “Your Drop of Blood Can Help Me”.

Throughout the whole of June, there were blood collection activities in numerous towns throughout the country.

Renata Kawka
Responsible for Blood Donorship
Polish Red Cross