SANBS on mass blood drive today

2018-03-21 06:01

THE South African National Blood Service (SANBS) is implementing a mass blood drive today (March 21), to recruit new donors and ensure there is sufficient stock of safe blood available in South Africa.

The SANBS is especially calling on first-time donors and lapsed donors who know that their blood type is Group O, to donate.

“Currently less than 1% of South Africans donate blood even though it demands little more than giving up 30 minutes of their time at least twice a year,” said Silungile Mlambo, chief marketing officer for the SANBS.

The #NewBlood campaign is targeting the collection of 4 500 units of blood on the public holiday.

“The beauty of blood donation is that virtually anyone can do it. You don’t need to have money or live in a fancy house or have a graduate degree or a fancy car,” said Mlambo.

“If you’re over 16 years old, weigh over 50kg and practice a healthy lifestyle, you can be a blood donor. Nobody can make a greater impact than saving someone else’s life.”

First-time donors must produce identification when presenting for a donation.

For more information on where to donate visit www.sanbs.org.za or call 0800 11 90 31.

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