Hua Hin City Mayor, Mr. Atichat Chaisri, assigned Deputy Mayor Mr. Amorn Pathong and Deputy Chairman of the Municipal Council, Mr. Amorn Pathong, to participate in the prestigious World Blood Donor Day 2023 event. The ceremony, chaired by Mr. Pholkrit Phuangwonsin, Hua Hin District Chief, saw the presence of Ms. Usa Phuangwonsin, Hua Hin Subdistrict Chief, who delivered a report. Other attendees included representatives from the Thana Ratch Camp Infantry Center, Hua Hin Court, Hua Hin Tourist Police, Hua Hin-Cha-Am Tourism Business Association, Hua Hin Rotary Club, Hua Hin Lions Club, Hua Hin School, Hua Hin Cultural Council, Hua Hin Subdistrict Administrative Organization, and staff from the Hua Hin Red Cross Station.
The event commenced with the participation of the general public, students, and military personnel from the Infantry Training Center, who joined the blood donation drive, totaling approximately 200 individuals. The ceremony took place at the Hua Hin Red Cross Station, a prestigious venue in Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan.
World Blood Donor Day is observed annually on June 14th. It coincides with the birthday of Dr. Karl Landsteiner, the discoverer of the ABO blood group system, which holds significant importance for global blood services. The event is organized by the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Federation of Blood Donor Organizations, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and the International Society of Blood Transfusion. They extend invitations to blood centers worldwide to hold celebratory activities as a gesture of gratitude to blood donors worldwide.
In this regard, the Hua Hin Subdistrict Red Cross, in collaboration with the Hua Hin Red Cross Station, organized the World Blood Donor Day 2566 (2023) event from April 12th to 16th, 2566 (2023) from 08:30 AM to 04:30 PM. The event featured blood, organ, and cornea donations, as well as a banquet to express gratitude to blood donors participating in the event. Today, approximately 90,000 cc of blood was donated, and throughout the event, a total of over 230,000 cc of blood will be collected to be utilized for patient assistance at Thai Red Cross centers. As a token of appreciation, blood donors received World Blood Donor Day T-shirts.
This event aimed to express gratitude to blood donors, commend their contributions, emphasize the importance of their involvement in assisting patients, and encourage new donors to increase the frequency of their blood donations. Regular blood donation is considered a selfless act, a gift of life to fellow human beings, without expecting anything in return. It is a precious gift, indeed.