Blood drive at civic centre

2017-10-10 06:01

Residents are urged to donate blood and register as stem cell donors today.

The Sunflower Fund will be joining the Western Province Blood Transfusion Services at the Westridge Civic Centre today from 15:30 to 19:30 for a blood and stem cell donor drive.

Most people do not think about the function and importance of blood until something happens that causes them to need a blood transfusion or until they or someone close to them is diagnosed with a blood disorder, says Kim Webster, spokesperson of the Sunflower Fund.

Sometimes the only hope of survival for someone with a blood disorder is a stem cell transplant.

“One of our very critical goals is to ensure that South Africa has an ethnically diverse source of potential stem cell donors, who are committed to help save lives,” says Webster.

The Sunflower Fund, a non-profit company, is dedicated to creating awareness and recruiting blood stem cell donors.

“Donor drives, such as this one, are important for us to have the face-to-face opportunity to dispel some myths around stem cell donation, raise awareness and recruit donors. We provide the hope of life to individuals diagnosed with leukaemia and other blood disorders,” says Webster.

V For more information visit www.sunflowerfund.org.za or call the Sunflower Fund on its toll-free number 0800 12 10 82.

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