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The Phoenix Red Cross is urging people to donate blood as there tends to be a drop in donations over the summer.

TODAY is World Blood Donor Day, celebrating those who each year make more than 112m blood donations. The event is one of the eight official global public health campaigns marketed by World Health Organisation (WHO) along with World Health Day, World Tuberculosis Day, World Immunization Week, World Malaria Day, World No Tobacco Day, World Hepatitis Day and World AIDS Day.

Blood is routinely transfused to patients with cancer and other diseases, premature babies, organ transplant recipients and trauma victims, according to the Red Cross. "The day to day reality is that we have patients who walk in with significant medical conditions, and who need blood just to maintain their health or their lives".

On this year's WBDD, under the theme, "Give Blood, Give now, Give often", the World Health Organization draws experience from the quake disaster that occurred in Nepal.

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Some of us may take it for granted, or have never donated once in our lives.

Voluntary blood donors both young and old, men to women, have brought warmth and vitality to the society and they have helped confirm that "No one is left behind on the path to development".

"Still, they have not been able to fill the loopholes", the sources said. It was formally stated in a research study published in the Asian Journal of Transfusion science that a vegetarian or non vegetariuan diet is not a determinant of your eligibility of blood donation. "From 2014 to 2015, the number of donors had dipped by 27% but the routine blood camps ensured that the numbers rose in comparison from 2015 onwards". It is satisfying to see even students coming forward to donate blood.

Mr Smith began donating more than 40 years ago when a mobile blood bank would visit his workplace in Melbourne. If you've ever considered donating, or have fallen out of the habit, now is a great time to start. Furthermore, blood creation is more only in situations where your body needs it infections or bleeding, not if you are overweight.