People donate blood ahead of Easter weekend

2018-04-06 06:00

THE South African National Blood Services (SANBS) said more blood would be needed this Easter weekend as there is often an increase in accidents during this busy time.

On Monday afternoon, SANBS nurses assisted a number of blood donors at St Patrick’s Church in Kokstad.

Blood donor, Lerato May said it was his the fifth time donating blood and he encouraged people to support the campaign to save lives.

Another blood donor, Juliet Bischof said there are many people who need blood.

“I have donated blood 11 times,” said Bischof.

“I always tell my children and pupils to donate blood because there are many people who require it to survive. I have donated blood 203 times,” said Lettie Pelser, another blood donor.

On Tuesday, people from Matatiele also donated blood.

According to Sister Leanne Pillay from SANBS, one person’s blood can save three lives of people. She said mothers who are in labour, sick people and people who are involved in car accidents require blood the most.

“There is no one who can live without blood. It takes only 20-30 minutes to donate blood and people must support the campaign,” said Pillay.

She said people who are above 16 years old and in good health can donate blood.

“By the end of the year we will give rewards to people who have donated blood four times this year as this is part of motivating people,” added Pillay.

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