Help set new blood donation world record

2017-09-14 06:01

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Donating the most units of blood in one day by a town is the title category that Engen Penford in Uitenhage has applied for. This is an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record!

The attempt to set the record will take place on Friday, October 6th from 09:00 till 18:00. The special blood drive event will be officially opened by Executive Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay, Athol Trollip.

Engen Penford dealer Gerrit Meyer said that they “want to go big this year and ensure that Engen Penford’s annual blood drive will make a real difference.”

In order to set a new world record, a total of 150 units of blood need to be donated.

“We’d love everyone to help us put Uitenhage on the map as the town donating the most units of blood in one day,” said Marthinus Greyling, organiser of the event.

Walk for Cancer event

The very first Uitenhage Walk for Cancer will also be hosted by Engen Penford in support of Cancer Awareness month which falls in October. It will be held on October 7th at 08:00.

“We’re aiming to have 5 000 entries. All profits will go towards The Igazi Foundation which is based at the Provincial Hospital in Port Elziabeth.”

Igazi Foundation

The Igazi Foundation is nationally and internationally recognised as the champion of haematology issues in the broader struggle for better health care services in South Africa.

It is the only dedicated haematological services NGO in the country.

Participation is R30 per adult and R20 per child.

According to Greyling, the objective of the walk is to create awareness regarding cancer and show the importance of donating blood.

“Over the festive season, which is fast approaching, blood normally is high in demand.

As a business, and a brand with integrity, we want to show our community and the world that we support blood donations.

“Someday, somewhere in our life-time we all might need blood which is why we all are obligated to help in any way that we can,” said Greyling.

Seelan Naidoo, Engen General Manager: Retail said, “Engen is proud to be a part of the Uitenhage Big Walk for Cancer initiative and we fully support the blood drive which plays such a vital part every day in saving people’s lives.

“Engen fully supports and encourages our dealers to roll up their sleeves and engage with their local communities.

“We wish Engen Penford every success in setting this exciting new Guinness World Record.”

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