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Blood service celebrates World Blood Donor Day

Donate blood and save a life.

The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) local branch will celebrate World Blood Donor Day on June 14.

With its #WeAreThe Pulse campaign, the SANBS celebrates the life-saving contributions of blood donors and wants to inspire new donors to join in donating blood.

According to Thabo Mboweni, SANBS senior media specialist, World Blood Donor Day is a global event established by the World Health Organisation to raise awareness about the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank the voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts.

“This year the SANBS highlights the essential contribution blood donors make to keeping people and communities healthy,” said Mboweni.

“It also serves as a call to action to more people to contribute to saving lives by donating blood regularly.”

Thandi Mosupye, SANBS senior manager of marketing, communication and brand, said: “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 individual generosity can have on the health and vitality of our society. We see this day as an occasion to celebrate and 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 fuel the pulse of our nation.”

To donate blood, you must be between 16 and 75 years old, weigh more than 50kg and be in good health.

Visit the Secunda SANBS branch in Horwood Street or contact them at 017 631 1652. Go to the Bethal branch near Spar or contact them at 017 647 5598.

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