Donate blood on Mandela Day

2016-07-13 06:00

ONCE again, the global community will celebrate Mandela Day in July, a day in which citizens the world over are called on to give 67 minutes of their time to make a difference.
Nelson Mandela Day is a philanthropic occasion that challenges people and reminds them that it is “time to serve” and not just on 18 July. This would instill in blood donors a culture of and making a difference throughout the year by donating blood regularly.

Blood donors are in the privileged position to give somebody a second chance at life and this Mandela Month SANBS encourages South Africans to donate today and give someone a tomorrow. Show your support and join them at the Mandela Day Blood Drive at Scottburgh Town Hall, 20 Airth Street from 12pm to6pm. Each donor will receive a token of appreciation.

Although SANBS collects over one million units of blood annually at its 87 fixed donor centres and through daily blood drives managed by 100 mobile teams, there are instances when the organisation falls short of the 3 000 units of blood required to meet daily demands.

“The blood reserves are low this July and since it is Nelson Mandela Day we would like to inspire the public to choose blood donations as their continued act of kindness. There is no better way to honour the life and spirit of a man who epitomised the precious value of life than to donate blood and save the lives of accident victims, mothers in labour, cancer patients and thousands others,” said Mohamed Chan Goolam, SANBS Public Relations Practitioner.

SANBS is a non-profit organisation that provides patients with sufficient, safe, quality blood products and related medical services in a sustainable manner. It is rated among the best in the world in the provision of blood and blood products, as well as research and training.

The blood donor experience

Giving blood is simple. You need to be healthy and meet a few requirements, then you could be on your way to becoming a blood donor.

When you arrive at a mobile blood drive or donor centre, you will be greeted by our friendly trained staff who will be easily identifiable, who will ask you to complete a form by filling in your personal details and answering health and lifestyle-related questions.

• To give blood, you must weigh at least 50kgs and be between 16-65 years old.

• Your finger will be pricked each time you donate blood. This is to test your iron level to make sure you are fit to give blood.

• Your blood pressure and pulse will be checked regularly.

• Each blood donation will be about 480ml.

• Your body will quickly replace this small blood loss.

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