Bikers bleed to save lives

2016-06-14 10:33
Claude Munnik donated his time and blood to a good cause during Vikings and Straw Dogs MCC’s winter blood drive at Turfhall Stadium on Saturday.

Claude Munnik donated his time and blood to a good cause during Vikings and Straw Dogs MCC’s winter blood drive at Turfhall Stadium on Saturday. (Ricky Permall)

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The Viking Motorcycle Club, in conjunction with Straw Dogs MCC and the Western Cape EMS, held their third annual a blood drive at Turfhall Stadium on Saturday.

An estimated 600 people attended the event to donate blood to bolster the Western Province Blood Services’ reserves.
Ricardo Bowers, chairperson of Vikings Motorcycle Club, says that the day was a resounding success, despite not meeting the initial target set out before the event.
“The event was a great success. We did not meet our target of 200 pints; however, we reached 149 pints. Last year we reached 150 pints,” he says.
He says that compared to last year, this was still a remarkable achievement considering that the Muslim community are in the holy month of Ramadan, which meant that they were unable to donate blood.

Bowers also reasons that the flu currently being experienced by many in the Western Cape also caused the turnout to be slightly lower than expected. “Considering the circumstances, we made 149 pints, which is quite an achievement. The event was successful,” adds Bowers.

Meanwhile, Ralph Biggs, president of Straw Dogs MCC echoed Bowers’ sentiments.
“From my side, I think we had a very good day and with all our sponsors we had, the band, the DJs and all the stalls, I do not think that it would have been possible without them. The purpose of the day is to have the drive done for a very good cause. One pint of blood can save up to three people’s live and that is why we are doing it.”

Courtney Abrahams from the Western Cape’s EMS approached the respective clubs three years ago and conducted their first drive in Youngsfield in 2014, with the other previous bikers blood drive being held at Wingfield in Goodwood last year.

Biggs urged more people to become involved in an effort to save more lives.
“Whoever can, if it is a blood run, we must all try and support it in good faith, because it is for a good cause. We do a lot of work and put a lot of effort into it. Two months before the event, we have had meetings every Thursday night to make this event a success and we just want to thank all the car clubs who came to put up a display as well as the guys with the nicest bikes who put up displays, we would just like to thank all of them.”

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