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Over 70,000 South Korean Volunteers Break Guinness World Record for Most Blood Donors to Sign-up in 24 Hours

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SOUTH KOREA — Youth volunteer group ‘We Are One’ were listed in the new Guinness World Records title for having the most people sign up as blood donors online within a 24-hour period. As many as 71,121 volunteers registered, which is about seven times more than the previous world record of 10,217 within 8 hours held by India.

We Are One intends to raise awareness about the importance of donating blood to address the blood shortage stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, the group also launched the “Life ON Youth ON Blood Donation Campaign”.

According to the Global Status Report on Blood Safety and Availability published by the World Health Organization (WHO) in June, blood supply shortages have impacted all countries during the pandemic. In January 2022, the American Red Cross announced that the United States was facing a national blood crisis – it’s worst shortage of blood in over a decade.

Using “Red Connect,” the official blood donation smartphone application of the Korean Red Cross, volunteers began sign-up from 8:00 a.m. on October 1st until 8:00 a.m. on October 2nd.

According to Mr. Junsu Hong, head of We Are One, “This was made possible not only because of the volunteers, but also by 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.”

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Since August 27th, the group has been conducting the ‘70,000 blood donation’ campaign. As of October 11th, over 43,811 people have already donated blood, and this is expected to be completed in the month of November.

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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