Record number of blood donors recruited

2015-04-30 15:18
=Muir College Grade 4C class, under the leadership of Mrs Bayman, was announced as the top performing class in the Adopt-a-Month Primary School Blood Donation Challenge with 55 blood donations in total and 68% learner participation.

=Muir College Grade 4C class, under the leadership of Mrs Bayman, was announced as the top performing class in the Adopt-a-Month Primary School Blood Donation Challenge with 55 blood donations in total and 68% learner participation.

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Muir College Junior School learners encouraged 169 parents, family members and teachers to donate blood as part of their annual Adopt-a-Month Primary School Blood Donation Challenge.

This was the highest number of donors recruited by Muir since the inception of the programme in 2006.

Grade 4C, under the leadership of Mrs Bayman, was announced as the top performing class with 55 blood donations in total and 68% learner participation. Skye O’Connor in Grade 7C was the top individual recruiter who managed to get 16 people to donate blood as part of this initiative.

The Adopt-a-Month program was designed to educate future blood donors since a person may only donate blood from the age of 16.

At the same time, learners are encouraged to motivate their parents and family members to donate, to contribute towards the national blood supply of which the demand is rising year on year. Both these goals are achieved with research showing that up to 60% of learners who participate in this programme become blood donors themselves once they reach the appropriate age. The Port Elizabeth Branch of SANBS, which includes the Uitenhage area, currently has 20 participating primary schools.

“The schedule is quite full with the maximum of three primary schools adopting a month. The only way to extend this initiative is to sign up more primary schools,” said Maryke Harris from SANBS Port Elizabeth.

Currently, only months that fall over school holiday periods are available, such as April, June andamp; July.

In 2014, 4 039 units of blood were collected as a direct result of this initiative. It is believed that with the current trend, 2015 will be a record year, with more blood donors involved

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