14 June 2012 World Blood Donor Day was marked with events around the world to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank all voluntary unpaid donors for their life-saving gift of blood. The theme of the 2012 World Blood Donor Day campaign was “Every blood donor is a hero”.
On June 14th, 2010, the annual World Blood Donor Day ceremony for the Region of the Americas was held in Nicaragua. These yearly special celebrations recognize the effort and dedication of all volunteer donors, who, every day, make altruistic contributions in order to give life to those who need it. Thanks to these volunteers, National Blood Programs can improve their operations in order to achieve the necessary self-sufficiency.