The event marked the 15-year journey of the blood donation program which developed from a single voluntary blood donation event to a nationwide movement. 

Before the solemn opening ceremony of the 15th Red Sunday, participants gathered to form a shape of blood drop. This was a meaningful activity to further spread the message of blood donation and call on the public to donate blood to save patients’ lives.

Many youths join the event.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, journalist Le Xuan Son, Editor-in-Chief of the Tien Phong Newspaper and head of the organizing panel of the Red Sunday program, emphasized that the development of the program came from efforts of cadres, reporters, and staff of the Tien Phong Newspaper as well as youth organizations, agencies, universities, military and public security units, businesses, and benefactors.

By December 17, Red Sunday 2023 had been held in 15 blood donation locations in seven provinces and cities with over 8,000 units of blood collected. Hanoi University of Science and Technology’s blood donation program was held on December 17 and 18,  and received 898 blood units on December 17 alone.

A student donating blood

Vice President of Hanoi University of Science and Technology Assoc. Prof., Dr. Nguyen Phong Dien said that the Red Sunday was not only a meaningful humanitarian event but also an opportunity for the university’s youth union members and students to show their responsibility for the community. It was also to connect Hanoi University of Science and Technology, the Tien Phong Newspaper, and he National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion.

Deputy Minister of Health Prof., Dr. Tran Van Thuan expected that the program with humane meaning will be replicated to contribute to the sustainable development of voluntary blood donation. On this occasion, he called on healthy donors to donate blood to save people’s lives. 

“I also call on managers and leaders of agencies and units, with their responsibility and affection, to actively mobilize cadres, employees, workers, students, police officers, military troops to participate in blood donation movement to build a healthier and more humane society,” said the Deputy Minister of Health.

Translated by Tran Hoai