Blood donation: An act of humanity

Albania Red Cross

With more than 34 million donations of blood given annually worldwide, the reach of Red Cross Red Crescent blood donors cannot be quantified. However, it is happening every minute of each day, 365 days a year, saving lives day in, day out with the gift of blood.

Twenty-one-years-old Cristian Cura, a student at the University of Medicine, has been volunteering with the Albanian Red Cross since about five years. He is a member of Club 25, an initiative dedicated to working with young adults, between 16 and 25 years old, to establish a group of voluntary non-remunerated blood donors. In addition to providing a safe and secure blood supply, Club 25 promotes the uptake of healthy lifestyles and raise awareness by sharing personal experiences with blood donation and encouraging peers and other young people to do the same.

“I donated blood twice and will continue to donate it, whenever I can”, says Cristian. "It is a wonderful experience. It is not dangerous. In fact it is healthy and advisable. A woman can donate blood up to three times a year and a man, four times. The number of blood donations is not that important. What counts is  the fact that blood donation helps those who are in need of blood. A unit of blood can help save up to three lives. It really is an act of humanity”.

Cristian concludes by appealing to everyone alike, “I invite everyone to be a part of the awareness campaigns organized by the Albanian Red Cross”.