City’s Residents Urged to Donate Blood
Published: October 17, 2012 (Issue # 1731)
This fall’s Blood Donor Week began in St. Petersburg on Monday, Interfax reported.
Blood Donor Week is held in the city every year to replenish local blood banks after the summer months, which traditionally see a low rate of blood donation. Many hospitals, including Cancer Center, are desperate for blood and its components, the National Social Help Center said.
On Thursday, Oct. 18, young St. Petersburg residents will hold an event called “I care!” near Moskovskiye Vorota metro station to raise public awareness about the problem of the lack of blood donors in Russia. Activists will hand out leaflets before going to give blood.
On Saturday, Oct. 20, the City Blood Transfusion Station will open its doors for St. Petersburg residents who aren’t able to donate blood during the working week. This year’s Donor Week will be the last one, as beginning in 2013 the National Social Help Center will launch a new large-scale project to promote blood donation.
“Next year we’re planning to introduce donor propaganda on a new level and we’re currently devising a whole range of various events that we hope will attract a lot of people,” the organizers said.