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Give blood, give plasma and share life this World Blood Donor Day

The South African National Blood Service has encouraged the youth of South Africa to mobilise their peers, and embrace the Youth Day spirit in the most impactful way possible by donating blood.

The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) will honour and express gratitude to blood donors across the country as it commemorates World Blood Donor Day (WBDD).

WBDD is celebrated annually on June 14 and serves as an opportunity to appreciate donors who selflessly contribute to saving lives through their invaluable donations.

SANBS media specialist Thabo Mboweni said they also recognise 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 ahead of Youth Day on Friday.

Mboweni said the slogan for WBDD 2023 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,” his statement read.

“In the vast realm of compassion, blood knows no boundaries, no race, or no religion. 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 WBDD, we celebrate the incredible diversity of blood donors and the positive impact of their selfless contributions,” said Thandi Mosupye, SANBS senior manager: marketing, communication and brand.

“We invite the youth of South Africa to join us in celebrating WBDD 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.

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