Tens of thousands participate in Vietnam’s largest blood donation festival

Saturday, 2017-02-18 11:25:13
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Donors give blood at the launching of Xuan Hong Festival in Hanoi on February 18. (Credit: NDO)
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NDO—The Xuan Hong (Pink Spring) Festival—the biggest national-scale blood donation campaign—was kick-started at the National Convention Centre in Hanoi on February 18, gathering tens of thousands people coming to donate their blood in support of patients in need.

Held by the National Institute of Haematology and Blood Transfusion in collaboration with the Hanoi Steering Committee of Blood Donation Campaigns in the capital city’s Youth Blood Donation Encouragement Association, this year’s event marks the 10th anniversary of Xuan Hong to be held in Vietnam.

Under the slogan “Giving Blood—Giving Life,” the organisers said that the festival was expected to attract around 30,000 participants and receive 8,000 blood units catering to emergency needs and treatment at more than 170 hospitals in the northern region.

At the event, besides the voluntary blood donation, music performances, exhibitions, mobile staging, a camp on ten years of impressive Xuan Hong events and mini game shows are also being held with the participation of many celebrities.

Speaking at the ceremony, Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long praised the idea of Xuan Hong, saying that the festival was a convention of compassionate hearts to share blood with patients.

The effects of the Pink Spring Festival not only stay within the scope of a region, a province or a city, but also spread across the country, giving a great kick to voluntary blood donation movements’ development in terms of both quantity and quality in recent years.

Deputy Minister Long expressed his wish that localities would continue to respond to the festival to spread the Xuan Hong spirit to every person throughout the country while urging people to actively participate in blood donation at all times of the year to ease blood shortages for treatment.

Hundreds of youngsters waiting to donate their blood. (Credit: NDO)

As a unit that has helped organise the festival for the last decade in Hanoi, Dr. Nguyen Anh Tri, Director of the National Institute of Haematology and Blood Transfusion and head of the organising board, said that thanks to Xuan Hong, blood scarcity during Tet has been eased.

The event has become a model of efficiency, to be replicated in many provinces and cities, Dr. Tri said, adding that the festival has been maintained over the last ten years, affirming that it is a highlight of Vietnam’s voluntary blood donation movement.

Immediately after the opening ceremony, a conference summarising ten years of the Pink Spring Festival was held to draw lessons from its organisation for proper adjustment in the coming period.

In response to calls for blood donations after the Lunar New Year and responding to the tenth Pink Spring Festival, more than 600 medical workers at 20 hospitals in Hanoi participated in a parade on the main roads of the capital city yesterday to call for blood donations.

Earlier, from February 12-13, around 1,000 volunteers from the Hanoi Youth Blood Donation Encouragement Association took to the streets to call for support for the Xuan Hong Festival.

After nine years, the festival has received nearly 51,000 units of blood from blood donors. First held in Hanoi in 2008, the event has been replicated in almost all provinces and cities across the country, receiving thousands of blood units at a time of blood scarcity for treatment after the Lunar New Year. Since 2010, the festival has been launched across the country, becoming a key national event in the voluntary blood donation movement across Vietnam.

On this occasion, a campaign in response to the global event World Blood Donor Day, which falls on June 14 each year, has been launched. Around 20 collectives and individuals who have actively participated in the Pink Spring Festival were also presented with a Merit from the Ministry of Health.