To mark the Birth Centenary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the 50th Anniversary of the Glorious Independence Day of Bangladesh, the Embassy in cooperation with the Japanese Red Cross Society has arranged a day Blood Donation Event today (12 December 2021, Sunday) at the Bangabandhu Auditorium.
Ambassador of Bangladesh to Japan Shahabuddin Ahmed inaugurated the program started this morning and continued till afternoon, fifty (50) expatriate Bangladeshi and Japanese citizens donated blood voluntarily. Chief Director of Japanese Red Cross Tokyo Metropolitan Blood Center Toshihiro HATAMOCHI was also present at the occasion.
In his remarks, Ambassador Ahmed said, donating blood is a noble virtue that can save others’ lives. Appraising the donors, he conveyed heartfelt thanks to all participants and organizers, especially the Japanese Red Cross Society. Recalling the history of our Independence, Ambassador told, “Bangladesh has achieved this Independence sacrificing the blood of 3 million people under the leadership of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman”; so, we know the value of blood more than any nation, he added.
Toshihiro HATAMOCHI in his speech said that due to the COVID-19 pandemic it became very difficult to organize any blood donation campaign in Tokyo, though demand for blood for Covid patients has gone up. In this regard, he thanked the embassy for hosting this initiative and hoped that this will help further deepen the bond between Bangladesh and Japan.
Blood donors were acknowledged with a certificate and token gifts from the Embassy. The program was organized and conducted by the First Secretary of the mission Md. Shiplu Zaman.