World record blood donation attempt

2017-09-28 06:00

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Uitenahge is attempting to add its name to the Guinness Book of Records, when Engen Penford hosts an attempt to collect the most units of blood ever collected in one day.

The attempt to set the record will take place on Friday, October 6 from 09:00 to 18:00.

The special blood drive event will be officially opened by the Executive Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay, Athol Trollip.

Engen Penford dealer Gerrit Meyer said that they “want to go big this year and ensure that Engen Penford’s annual blood drive will make a real difference.”

In order to set a new world record, a total of 150 units of blood need to be donated.

“We’d love everyone to help us put Uitenhage on the map as the town donating the most units of blood in one day,” said Marthinus Greyling, the organiser of the record attempt.

Walk for cancer event

The very first Uitenhage Engen Penford Oracle Media Walk/Run Remember 5km for Cancer will be hosted on October 7 at 08:00 in support of Cancer Awareness month.

The entry fee is R25 per member of a group more than 5 participants.

“We’re aiming to have 5 000 entries.

“All profits will go towards The Igazi Foundation which is based at the Provincial Hospital in Port Elizabeth.”

The Igazi Foundation is nationally and internationally recognised as the champion of haematology issues in the broader struggle for better health care services in South Africa.

It is the only dedicated haematological NGO in the country.

According to Greyling, the objective of the walk is to create awareness regarding cancer and show the importance of donating blood.

“Over the festive season, which is fast approaching, blood normally is high in demand.

As a business, and a brand with integrity, we want to show our community and the world that we support blood donations.

“Someday, somewhere in our lifetime we all might need blood which is why we all are obligated to help in any way that we can,” said Greyling.

Seelan Naidoo, Engen general manager: retail, said, “Engen is proud to be a part of the Uitenhage walk/run for cancer initiative.

“We fully support the blood drive which plays such a vital part every day in saving people’s lives. Engen fully supports and encourages our dealers to roll up their sleeves and engage with their local communities.

“We wish Engen Penford every success in setting this exciting new Guinness World Record.” – Reporter


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