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South African National Blood Services’ one-day campaign a success

With the 1 Day – 1 Nation - 5000 Units of Blood campaign, the South African National Blood Services collected 6 725 units of blood across the country in just one day.

IN an unprecedented effort to bolster blood stocks across South Africa, the South African National Blood Services (SANBS) spearheaded the ‘1 Day – 1 Nation – 5000 Units of Blood Campaign’ on Saturday, April 13.

The initiative aimed to collect 5 000 units of blood in a single day, drawing support from communities nationwide.

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The campaign received an overwhelming response, with citizens turning out in their numbers to donate blood at various participating malls across the country, including Bluff Towers on The Bluff. The SANBS took to social media to announce the success of the initiative, revealing that a total of 6 725 units of life-saving blood were collected, surpassing the initial goal.

Kimera Govender shows off her smile after taking part in the ‘1 Day – 1 Nation – 5000 Units’ campaign. Photo: Dillon Pillay.

The collective effort showcased the generosity and unity of South Africans in supporting a critical cause. The SANBS expressed gratitude to all donors, emphasising the significant impact of their contributions and encouraging continued awareness and participation in blood-donation initiatives.

Louise Ackerman is a frequent donor who had to come out in support of the campaign. Photo: Dillon Pillay.

The campaign came at a crucial time as the SANBS anticipated shortages in blood stocks, particularly with the approach of winter. Factors such as the Easter period and school holidays often lead to declines in donations as potential donors prioritise other activities.

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