Blood donation drive pays off

2011-03-11 11:26
Johannesburg - A national blood donation drive has yielded more than 5 300 units of blood for the SA National Blood Service (SANBS), real estate group Aida said on Friday.

"When you consider that three lives can be saved with every unit of blood, these donors have given their fellow South Africans a tremendous gift," said spokesperson Ester Odendaal.

"The campaign will go on and we will continue to appeal to all healthy people to become blood donors ... as blood supplies need to be continually replenished and built up," Odendaal said.

"[This], to meet the needs of new trauma patients as well as people who depend on regular transfusions."

The campaign's slogan was "Is your blood red?", to highlight that many people were eligible for donation.

The group's CEO Young Carr said that the drive had added many new people to the databases of SANBS, including those with rare blood types who could donate in an emergency.

- SAPA
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