Someone is ‘dying to get your blood’

2016-07-07 06:00

Blood saves lives and ultimately creates new futures for those receiving it.

The South African National Blood Service, SANBS, celebrates July as Mandela month and encourages the public to use part of their 67 minutes towards donating blood.

“No healthcare system can function efficiently without a stable supply of safe blood,” said Nina van Wyk from the donor marketing office of the South African National Blood Service’s Eastern Cape zone.

“It is nothing short of a miracle that vital aspects of healthcare are in the hands of ordinary blood donors, who selflessly donate their blood to improve the lives of complete strangers,” said Nina.

The 19th annual Algoa FM Bloodline Day is taking place next Wednesday, July 13th and the public can be part of this great initiative, by donating a unit of blood.

This year’s target is to collect 800 units of blood. This will help alleviate the notorious blood shortages of this time of year.

Participating blood donor centres will operate from 10:00 to 18:00 and every donor will be treated to the famous doughnuts associated with this special day, kindly sponsored by Pick ‘n Pay. Stay tuned to Algoa FM next Wednesday for regular updates on the progress of collecting 800 units in one day.

Did you know?

•A person can donate blood every 56 days

•A a single unit of blood can be separated into three different components that can help save 3 lives

Who can donate blood?

•People between 16 and 65 years of age

•Who weigh more than 50kg

•Who are in good health

•Who lead a sexually safe lifestyle

On Wednesday, July 13th, blood drives will take place from 10:00-18:00 at the following venues:

VUitenhage (2 Billson Street): Target 60

VPE Blood Donor Centre (Provincial Hospital Grounds): Target 110

VWalker Drive Blood Donor Centre (next to Crazy Store): Target 110

VCleary Park Blood Donor Centre (banking mall): Target 70

VThe Bridge Shopping Centre (Game foyer): Target 60

VJeffrey’s Bay (Fountains Mall Shopping Centre): Target 70

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