Spine Road High School has for the second year in a row been named the top school for the 2018 blood collection drives hosted by the Western Province Blood Transfusion Service (WPBTS) at schools in the Western Cape.“The need for blood and blood products continues to increase annually, and it is therefore vital for the WPBTS to increase the active donor base. The youth plays a vital role in the sustainability of the organisation, and that’s why we forge good ties with educational institutions and set up blood donation clinics at them. Currently, WPBTS has 117 blood donation clinics at educational institutions around the Western Cape, of which 94 are at high schools and 23 at tertiary institutions,” says WPBTS spokesperson Michelle Vermeulen. In the top 10 are DF Malan High in Bellville with 294 units, HTS Bellville with 304 units, Westerford High in Newlands with 310 units, Livingstone High in Claremont with 313 units, Malibu Secondary in Blue Downs with 337 units, Bellville High with 378 units and Punt High in Mossel Bay with 395 units. In the top three positions are HTS Drostdy in Worcester with 434 units, Fish Hoek High with 452 units and in top position, Spine Road High in Mitchell’s Plain. The school collectively donated 537 units of blood, increasing their amount by a staggering 99 units from last year. They also had the most new donors, at 236.“Well done to all our schools! Thank you for your commitment. We look forward to the top 10 results for 2019,” says Vermeulen. V For more information on where to donate, SMS “Blood” to 33507 and WPBTS will call you back. Donors can also call 021 507 6300, email email@example.com or visit www.wpblood.org.za.