Local blood donors honoured

2016-05-12 06:00
PE Donor Committee Member Ron Miles (left) and SANBS PE Collections Manager Sr Andiswa Dambuza (right) congratulate donors Rev. Neil Scott (50 donations), Heman Wenke (100), Pierre Barnard (250), and Jacques Morgan (100) for their impressive milestone blood donations.          Photo: SUPPLIED

PE Donor Committee Member Ron Miles (left) and SANBS PE Collections Manager Sr Andiswa Dambuza (right) congratulate donors Rev. Neil Scott (50 donations), Heman Wenke (100), Pierre Barnard (250), and Jacques Morgan (100) for their impressive milestone blood donations. Photo: SUPPLIED

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LOCAL blood donors were honoured at a special donor awards ceremony held by the South African National Blood Service at Mentors Country Estate on May 4.

Pierre Barnard received the highest milestone for 250 blood donations. This is a life-long commitment considering that a person can only donate blood every 56 days.

Barnard’s fondest memory of blood donation goes back many years when he was only 19 years old. He went to donate blood at the then Oxford Street Blood Donor Centre in East London. He saw a long queue of donors and decided to leave since he did not feel like waiting that long to give blood. As he turned around to walk out, one of the nurses ran after him and literally begged him to donate, and she proceeded to push him to the front of the queue.

He was not sure what the fuss was about. It turned out that there was a baby that was born prematurely and required lots of group A+ blood and Barnard happened to have that blood type. This was the turning point with regard to his commitment to blood donation.

This incident laid the foundation of all the donations that followed. Barnard made a promise to himself that he would continue gi-ving blood for as long as he could since it really does save lives. Knowing you can help someone is phenomenal and this kept him committed throughout the years.

Rev. Neil Scott (50 donations), Herman Wenke (100), Pierre Barnard (250), and Jacques Morgan (100) were also honoured for their continuous sacrifice to help others.

. Blood drives take place monthly in Jeffreys Bay at the Newton Hall from 12:00 to 18:00 on the first Tuesday of every month. Anyone between the ages of 16 and 65, weighing more than 50kg and who leads a safe and healthy lifestyle can participate.

For more information on blood donor criteria or requirements, visit www.sanbs.org.za.

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