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SANBS celebrates World Blood Donor Day

The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) calls on all South Africans to commemorate World Blood Donor Day on June 14, 2024.

In commemoration of World Blood Donor Day on June 14, South African National Blood Service (SANBS) has an ongoing and effective #WeAreThePulse campaign that aims to recognise the life-saving contributions of whole blood donors around the country while also inspiring new donors to participate in this crucial act of service.

To mark World Blood Donor Day, SANBS has offered laboratory tours for learners at its offices in Mount Edgecombe, Durban, and Constantia Kloof, Johannesburg.

These laboratory tours will provide an opportunity for learners and selected donors to understand more about the process and observe firsthand how their contributions benefit their communities.

Blood donation takes about 30 minutes, yet it can save up to three lives.

The World Health Organisation founded World Blood Donor Day as a global event to raise awareness about the importance of safe blood and blood products, as well as to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving contributions.

This year, SANBS emphasises the critical role blood donors play in keeping people and communities healthy. It also acts as a call to action, encouraging more individuals to donate blood regularly to save lives.

“Each year, thousands of South Africans require blood transfusions during medical procedures, emergencies, and for ongoing medical conditions.

World Blood Donor Day stands as a beacon of hope and unity, reminding us of the profound impact that individual generosity can have on the health and vitality of our society.

“We see this day not just as an occasion to celebrate, but as a powerful call to action. It urges us all to step forward, to give something of ourselves, and to become part of a life-saving network of heroes who feel the pulse of our nation,” said Thandi Mosupye, SANBS senior manager of marketing, communication, and brand.

For further information about World Blood Donor Day, or to find out how to become a blood donor, visit www.sanbs.org.za or call SANBS at 0800 11 9031.

To be eligible to donate blood, one must be between the ages of 16 and 75, weigh more than 50kg and be in good health.

If you meet these requirements, you can discover your nearest donation site by contacting 0800 11 9031, visiting the SANBS website, and/or reaching out and following SANBS on its official social media platforms: Twitter (@theSANBS); Facebook (@SANBS), and Instagram (@thesanbs).

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