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SANBS commemorates World Blood Donor Day and Youth Day, recognising lifesaving contributions

The slogan for the 2023 World Blood Donor Day campaign is “Give blood, give plasma, share life, share often.”

The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) proudly joins the global community in commemorating World Blood Donor Day (WBDD), celebrated annually on June 14.

This significant day serves as an opportunity to honour and express gratitude to blood donors who selflessly contribute to saving lives through their invaluable donations.

In South Africa, June 16 is celebrated as Youth Day, commemorating the pivotal role played by young people in the fight for the country’s freedom and equality.

SANBS recognises the significant role that the youth of South Africa play not only in the historical context but also in shaping the future, including their immense contribution to the blood donor pool.

The slogan for the 2023 World Blood Donor Day campaign is ‘Give blood, give plasma, share life, share often’.

It focuses on patients requiring life-long transfusion support and underlines the role every single person can play, by giving the valuable gift of blood or plasma.

It also highlights the importance of giving blood or plasma regularly to create a safe and sustainable supply of blood and blood products that can be always available, all over the world, so that all patients in need can receive timely treatment.

“In the vast realm of compassion, blood knows no boundaries, no race, or no religion,” said Thandi Mosupye, SANBS senior manager of marketing, communication and brand.

“It is a universal lifeline that connects people from all walks of life, transcending their differences and bringing them together in the pursuit of a common goal – saving lives. On this World Blood Donor Day, we celebrate the incredible diversity of blood donors and the positive impact of their selfless contributions,”
In commemoration of World Blood Donor Day, SANBS has organised a series of events and initiatives across the country, including youth-focused blood drives, interactive educational campaigns, and partnerships with high schools in Soweto and Durban.

“We invite the youth of South Africa to join us in celebrating World Blood Donor Day by donating blood, mobilising their peers, and embracing the spirit of Youth Day in the most impactful way possible.

“By donating blood, they become a part of a tapestry of love, and unity that spans not only in South Africa but across the globe,” Mosupye added.

To be eligible, prospective donors must be between the ages of 16 and 75, weigh more than 50kg, and be in good health.

Interested individuals can find the nearest blood donation centre by visiting the SANBS official website and clicking on the donor centre map or follow SANBS on its official social media platforms: Twitter (@theSANBS), Facebook (@SANBS), TikTok and Instagram (@thesanbs).

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