This year’s World Blood Donor Day falls on the 14 June. The World Blood Donor Day commemorates Karl Lansteiner (14 June 1868 – 26 June 1943) who was the first person to have discovered the first blood group in 1900, the ABO blood group, and he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1930. On World Blood Donor Day, we recognise the valued contribution and unmatched generosity that a blood donor makes to the community. The theme of the 2012 World Blood Donor Day campaign, “every blood donor is a hero” focuses on the idea that every one of us can become a hero by giving blood.
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