Donate blood, save our heritage

2015-09-16 06:00
Regular donor, Granville de Cerf, from Mother of Peace, is assisted by Cheryl Chin from SANBS.
tania sandberg

Regular donor, Granville de Cerf, from Mother of Peace, is assisted by Cheryl Chin from SANBS. Photo: tania sandberg

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SEPTEMBER is the month when South Africans come together to acknowledge the unifying heritage and the joys of living in a diverse country. As you don your traditional garb to mark Heritage Day on 24 September, the South African National Blood Service calls on you to celebrate another thing we have in common – our nation’s blood.

SANBS and its loyal donors aim to collect 3 000 units of life-saving blood each day in order to give life to mothers in labour, accident victims, cancer survivors and thousands of others in need blood transfusions.

“It is a remarkable notion that this precious fluid that runs through my veins could be exactly what you might need,” said SANBS communications manager, Vanessa Raju.

Raju explains that even though seasons change during the year, the demand for blood and its various products remains a priority throughout – the blood service must always keep stock stable.

“Whether you prefer cool drink to a cold beer, roasted butternut to a grilled boerewors, this heritage month help us sustain our treasured resource, our nation’s blood supply,” urges Raju.

SANBS encourages South Africans to celebrate their heritage and join its family of donors dedicated to giving others the gift of life. For more information on how to become a donor visit website and Facebook - Supplied

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