Educational institutions were called on by the Western Cape Blood Services (WCBS) to challenge each other to see who donates the most units of blood, and the institutions brought it on.Some of the schools that took part in the battle included Bergvliet High, Plumstead High, Wynberg Boys High, SACS High, Livingstone High, Windsor High, Pinelands High and Oudemolen Technical High to mention a few.This annual campaign titled “Battle of the Blood Donors” aims to increase blood collections within this period and ultimately recruit new donors. This year the battle took place from Tuesday 2 April until Thursday 23 May. A total of 56 educational institutions took part and 28 challenges took place.This year 939 new donors were registered and a total of 3 037 units of blood were collected within the campaign period. A total of 4 362 people attended clinics and showed interest in donating blood. WCBS corporate public relations officer, Michelle Vermeulen says this number is a remarkable improvement since 2018 and truly shows the commitment and great spirit among the youth. “The winners of each challenge were determined by a pro-rata formula looking at the potential eligible donors, the number of new donors, attendance and units collected at the blood donation clinic. Using a pro-rata formula made the process fair towards smaller educational institutions,” she says.Vermeulen says they are proud to announce that Meridian Pinehurst School in Durbanville won the overall battle and came in the first place. They now have the official bragging right of the battle and won an additional R1 000 voucher toward the school’s educational efforts.“In second place is Claremont High School who battled against Zwaanswyk High School – both schools only recently joined our blood donation family and really excelled in this challenge. In third place is Protea Heights Academy who beat their opponents Brackenfell High School in a true knock-out round,” she explains, adding that the efforts made by each of the schools were truly remarkable. “One school did a talk at a nearby mosque, SMSs were sent to parents, peer promoters dressed up, clinics were decorated and random raffles were held at the clinic. “Live Instagram posts were done, a welcome banner was made and Blood Buddy welcomed donors,” she said. She continued: “Battle props were used to create a vibe, schools sent each other photos of their clinic to show them they mean business and one school even had a welcome,” she concludes.