Cape teams lag in log

2018-03-13 06:01

While Cape universities competing in the FNB Varsity Cup continue to succeed, those who back them have left them floundering in another pecking order.

With the FNB Varsity Cup at its halfway mark, their partnership with SANBS (South African National Blood Service) and WPBTS (Western Province Blood Transfusion Service) has already made a difference in South Africa overall.

FNB Varsity Cup managing director, Duitser Bosman, is passionate about the difference the partnership has already made.

“Since its inception, the FNB Varsity Cup has rooted itself in developing South Africa’s rugby talent and changing the lives of ordinary South Africans. The FNB Varsity Cup is ecstatic about the results and we are excited about the further achievements we can make with the SANBS and WPBTS in future.

“Partnering with the SANBS and the WPBTS was an obvious decision in saving lives, and to see the difference our platform has made to the number of blood donations already, especially among our target audience, is spectacular.

Bosman encourages the fans and all South Africans to give blood.

“We urge all the fans out there supporting their universities to carry on making the team and go donate blood, because no matter who you are, you can save someone’s life.”

Cape Town-based teams UCT Ikeys, UWC and CPUT are falling behind the teams from other provinces. The Cape Town sides are urging their supporters to get behind their universities by donating blood on behalf of any of the respective teams in this year’s FNB Varsity Cup and Varsity Shield competitions.

Every South African – even those who don’t or did not attend the universities taking part in the tournament – will be able to participate by donating their blood on behalf of their favourite team at any SANBS or WPBTS blood drive or donor centre until 16 April. The university that gets the most people to donate on behalf of their team will win the inaugural Gaz’Lam Trophy. The Gaz’Lam Trophy stands for “Igazi Lami” which means “blood brother” in IsiZulu.

So far, fans have donated over 23 233 pints of blood, which by SANBS calculations equals 69 699 lives saved.

“I have looked at the stats and there seems to be a really good increase in year-on-year collections for February of 5.04%. This is great considering that there was a 2% decline for the same period comparing February 2016 versus 2017. What is also great is that the biggest increases were seen in donors between the ages of 20 to 30,” says Hobbs.

“There was significant increase of 9.75% in donations from people who haven’t donated for 12 months or longer. It’s wonderful to see that through this initiative, we are attracting back regular blood donors who haven’t donated in a while.”

Capetonians can visit any of the three fixed donor centres listed below or visit http://www.wpblood.org.za/aboutdonation/becoming-donor/where-can-i-donate to find out where the mobile units are on any given day. WPBTS is currently running low on the O+ blood type stock. Everyone who donates can donate on behalf of the university of their choice.

WPBTS has three fixed site donation clinics in the Western Cape, namely:

N1 City Mall

Shop 38

Mondays to Fridays: 10:00 to 17:45

Saturdays: 09:00 to 14:45

Sundays and public holidays: 09:00 to 11:45

*With the exception of Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Good Friday

Blue Route Mall

Shop G56

Mondays to Fridays: 10:00 to 17:45

Saturdays: 09:00 to 14:45

Sundays and public holidays: 09:00 to 11:45

*With the exception of Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Good Friday

22 Long Street:

Mondays to Fridays: 08:30 to 16:15

Every last Wednesday of the month: 07:30 to 18:45

Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays

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