FROM the day that human life is conceived, blood fulfils a life-giving and nurturing role. Blood is the fluid of growth, transporting nourishment from digestion and hormones from glands throughout the body. Blood is the fluid of health, transporting disease-fighting substances to the tissue and body waste to the kidneys.Because it contains living cells, blood is alive. Unlike medications that are manufactured, blood cannot be manufactured. Healthy donors are the only source of blood for those who need it.If it were not for blood donors, life-saving medical treatment for children with life threatening anaemia, trauma victims, women with pregnancy related complications, organ transplants, bone marrow transplants, complicated surgical procedures, and cancer treatments would not be possible. We are again reminded how important our contributions as individuals are to the South African Blood Bank (Sanbs). Wembley College will be running “The Herbst Blood Drive” on August 7 and would greatly appreciate your support. — Supplied.