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Korean Volunteers Register New Guinness World Record, After Recording Over 70,000 Blood Donations in South Korea

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Korean volunteers were listed in the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS for the challenge of Most people signing up as blood donors online in 24 hours. 

On October 1, the youth volunteer group ‘WE ARE ONE’ completed online blood donation applications for 71,121 volunteers for 24 hours to challenge the World Record.

The record challenge of the 70,000 blood donors was prepared to raise awareness of the importance of blood donation to overcome the blood shortage caused by COVID-19, led by We Are One, a Korean youth organization conducting the ‘Life ON Youth ON’ blood donation campaign.

WHO Global Status Report on Blood Safety and Availability.

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Some of the volunteers who attended the blood donation drive

According to the Global Status Report on Blood Safety and Availability published by the WHO in June 2022, shortages of blood have impacted all countries during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Also in January 2022, the American Red Cross announced that the US is facing a national blood crisis – its worst blood shortage in over a decade.

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Through ‘Red Connect’, the official blood donation smartphone application of the Korean Red Cross, all the volunteers completed the application for blood donation in 24 hours from 8:00 am on October 1st to 8:00 am on October 2nd. 

This is about seven times the previous world record of 10,217 (8 hours) held by India.

‘We Are One Youth Volunteer Blood Donation drive broke the Guinness world record

Mr. Junsu Hong, the head of WE ARE ONE, said, “It was possible not only because of the volunteers, but also the Korean Red Cross officials working at the forefront to solve the blood shortage and the IT company that developed an efficient blood donation application system. In that sense, it has great significance. I believe COVID-19 can be defeated when we are all one,” he said.

‘We Are One Uganda Youth volunteer Group also rolled out a blood donation drive in September
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Since its launch on July 30 this year, WE ARE ONE has been conducting the ‘70,000 blood donation’ campaign since August 27. As of the 11th, a total of 43,811 people completed the blood donation, and it is planned to complete the blood donation of 70,000 people by November. 

In Uganda, in the meantime, the shincheonji youth group was inaugurated on the 24th of September and it conducted a large-scale group blood donation  on the 9th Oct 2022, 574 units were collected with 2025 people and practiced love of neighbors

The official record is accessible on the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™️ website. https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/714849-most-people-to-sign-up-as-blood-donors-online-in-24-hours.

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