CANSA relay for life 2016

2016-03-09 06:00
= Blood Buddy is showing his support to Lee-Anne Jones who works as a volunteer to arrange the annual CANSA Relay for Life event. Photo: SUPPLIED

= Blood Buddy is showing his support to Lee-Anne Jones who works as a volunteer to arrange the annual CANSA Relay for Life event. Photo: SUPPLIED

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THE South African National Blood Service and CANSA Relay For Life have teamed up and will be going all out for this year’s event.

The eighth annual CANSA Relay For Life in Port Elizabeth will be held from 6pm on Friday, March 11 to 6am on Saturday, March 12.

The event is taking place at the Victoria Park High School Sport Fields and will include a blood drive.

A total of 26% of the national blood supply goes to patients who are being treated for cancer as many people battling cancer require blood transfusions as part of their treatment.

The initiative is aimed at remembering those who lost their battle, as well as celebrating those who survived.

SANBS Public Relations Practitioner in the Port Elizabeth branch, Maryke Harris, said, “This platform is ideal for people to realize the importance of blood donation and we would like to invite everyone to give the gift of life, by donating blood at this event.”

Relay For Life is an international movement that unites cancer survivors and the communities that care about them. It offers everyone in a community, both young and old, the opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer and to honour those who have been touched by cancer.

At the 2015 CANSA Relay For Life event 24 units were collected and SANBS is aiming to double that this year.

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