On April 19 and 20 South Ural State University is hosting Blood Donor Day, when everyone who volunteers can donate blood. The National Blood Donor Day is celebrated annually on April 20. On this day 185 years ago the first successful blood transfusion was performed in Russia. The procedure was performed by a young obstetrician from Saint Petersburg Andrey Wolf; the blood donor for a woman who lost a lot of blood while giving birth to a child had become her husband.
“Blood Donor Day is held at SUSU so that students can help people who found themselves in difficult situation. They come determined and willing to donate blood,” explains organizer of the event, Head of the SUSU Volunteer Center Elina Alieva.
There are usually about 150 people who donate blood during two days of the event. On the first day there were SUSU students, employees and other people willing to help. Many of them donated blood not for the first time.
“I am here for the third time, because donating blood is a good deed,” says a student named Nadezhda.
Those who came to the charity event for the first time and were nervous, received professional support from the doctors, who were measuring blood pressure, telling about details of the procedure and treating to tea with cookies.
“I am donating blood for the first time, so I’m a little nervous because I don’t know what to expect. I came here to help people, because blood is needed,” says a student named Vadim.
The event will last until April 20; a mobile station is waiting for future donors near the SUSU’s Building 2 from 8 a.m. till noon. In order to donate blood, you need to bring passport and have registration or residence permit in the Chelyabinsk oblast. Light breakfast and desire to save someone’s life are needed as well.