The Luang Prabang community came together last month to donate blood and support Lao Friends Hospital for Children and the Lao Red Cross in raising awareness about the need for blood donations.
A total of 171 blood donors contributed to the five-day campaign, which ended on World Blood Donor Day (June 14) – 60 more donors than the 2018 campaign.
The donated blood is used at LFHC during surgeries and for transfusions needed by children afflicted with thalassemia, an inherited blood disorder.
The campaign featured a Team Challenge, a competition among the many local restaurants, hotels and businesses. The team that brought the most staff to donate blood won incredible prizes generously donated by Accor Hotels Luang Prabang. The winning team this year was the staff of Kiridara Luang Prabang.
Many people who came to donate blood did so for the first time!
The hospital encourages people who donated during this campaign, to continue giving blood throughout the year. In Laos, men can donate every three months and women can donate every four months.
Thank you to everyone who participated and who #giveLuangPrabangblood.