Blood donation drive pays off

2011-03-11 11:26

Johannesburg - A national blood donation drive has yielded more than 5 300 units of blood for the SA National Blood Service (SANBS), real estate group Aida said on Friday.

"When you consider that three lives can be saved with every unit of blood, these donors have given their fellow South Africans a tremendous gift," said spokesperson Ester Odendaal.

"The campaign will go on and we will continue to appeal to all healthy people to become blood donors ... as blood supplies need to be continually replenished and built up," Odendaal said.

"[This], to meet the needs of new trauma patients as well as people who depend on regular transfusions."

The campaign's slogan was "Is your blood red?", to highlight that many people were eligible for donation.

The group's CEO Young Carr said that the drive had added many new people to the databases of SANBS, including those with rare blood types who could donate in an emergency.

  • Mike - 2011-03-11 12:11

    You donate blood FREE and when you need it they charge you a fortune. I have donated for +/_ 35 yrs and no thank you. NO MORE !!!

  • Roelof van der merwe - 2011-03-11 12:17

    I use to donate and my last count was 52 pints. 1. Due to the fact that criminals also receive my blood, I refuse to donate. 2. Why do they charge me for blood when I need it, although I donated it for free? 3. I accept that it will cost my life,but if there's no available blood for me, but tough luck.

  • exocist - 2011-03-11 12:31

    BLOODY BLOODSUCKERS they can go blow it out of there arses, people who donate for free are fools, these private horspitals charge you an arm and a leg for a pint so when they start buying blood from the man in the street i will supply it's enough that this goverment bleeds us dry from taxes now you want our blood for free

  • PAR - 2011-03-11 12:36

    Why are we not paid when donating blood? If there is always such a need and such a shortage the government should pay - this may give some poor jobless person a means to survive whilst saving someone elses life.

  • Cynical Sci - 2011-03-11 13:53

    Guys, processing the blood has to cost something,trust me as I work in a lab, so you can understand a charge for receiving blood. Maybe if the state was helping out more then the costs could be greatly reduced. Furthermore, they should be helping the good people at the Sunflower Foundation in raising money for the tests. I believe the first test my blood had to go through when I become a bone marrow donor was in the order of R800 followed by a R1000 test.

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