World Blood Donor began in Johannesburg in 2004 based on successes of “International Blood Donor Day” and “World Health Day.” The purpose of World Blood Donor Day is to “raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank voluntary unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood.” This year France is the host country for World Blood Donor Day 2013 with the theme, “Give the Gift of Life, Donate Blood.”
How to Celebrate
You can celebrate World Blood Donor Day by donating blood. You can search worldwide for a place to donate blood at aabb.org.
To celebrate this day, we selected the 2006 Fanta Bloody Blackcurrant Can from Hong Kong. This is a special edition Halloween-themed can featuring a vampire biting into Blackcurrant berries. Blackcurrant is native to northern Europe and northern Asia. Blackcurrants were popular in the United States as well, but were banned in the early 1900s because they were considered a threat to the United States logging industry due to being a carrier of white pine blister rust. This resulted in blackcurrants being rare to unknown in the United States. Beginning in 2003, the ban was lifted in New York, Vermont, Connecticut, and Oregon, however there is still a ban in many states including Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.
Happy World Blood Donor Day (6/14)!
Photos used by permission of CanMuseum.com