“Theme for next year is ‘new blood to world and that shall culminate our sustained endeavour. I exhort all youth above 18 years of age to enter their adulthood by becoming a blood donor”, said Dr Habayeb.
Indian Red Cross kicked off the campaign through its 116 blood banks across 14 States. Already, Red Cross collects over 80 percent blood from the voluntary donors against the national average of 62 percent.
Red Cross leads voluntary blood programme in states such as Andhra Pradesh, Haryana and Orissa where in the year 2008-09 colle over 4.30 lakh units of blood was collected.