THE South African National Blood Service (SANBS) held their annual Midlands Donor for Life Awards thanking and awarding all those who have stayed committed to donating blood and helping save lives, every year.Held at the conference centre in the Golden Horse Casino, the event was well attended and hosted by Mzokhana Gumede from radio station, Gagasi FM. Those in attendance were addressed by the Zone Donor Manager, Phelelani Mkhize who said that for many of the staff these events were the only time for them to mingle with the generous donors.“The main reason for this event is for us to say thank you for the contributions that you make. We would like to express our gratitude and have made possible this small dinner as a token of our appreciation to you all,” said Mkhize. Mkhize said that their main goal for the year of 2018 was to increase blood donations by 8% and encouraged those who have stopped donating to start again. “We have collected over 1060 units in our last campaign in KwaZulu-Natal and are very proud of this, having come out second across South Africa just behind Gauteng,” said Mkhize. Wanting to engage with the youth more in order to increase blood donations, Mkhize spoke of how the SANBS would like to encourage the youth to apply for positions within the organisation.“We are not looking at colour, we just want individuals with the right mindset to apply for jobs that we have available in order to service our nation,” said Mkhize. Many donors were awarded for their contributions with various categories being made for the different amounts of blood donated from over 50 units right up to 225 units.