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Use Human Rights Day to save a life

If you have never donated blood, now is the time to start

If you are wondering how you can become an agent of change that President Cyril Ramaphosa urged South Africans to be in his inaugural address, look no further – become a blood donor on Human Rights Day.

The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) will undertake a mass blood drive on Thursday to recruit new donors and ensure there is sufficient stock of safe blood available in the country.

Richards Bay Blood Donor Centre at the Boardwalk Inkwazi Shopping Centre will be open from 9am to 3pm for a special collection drive.

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The #NewBlood campaign is targeting the collection of 1 500 units of blood on the public holiday.

‘Currently less than 1% of South Africans donate blood even though it demands little more than giving up 30 minutes of one’s time at least twice a year,’ says Sifiso Khoza, SANBS Regional Marketing Manager.

‘That means that we often experience shortages which places lives at risk; lives of babies born prematurely, lives of accident victims, women giving birth and the lives of people fighting cancer.

‘Holidays are unfortunately the time when we traditionally run short of blood because we are not able to host our regular drives at schools and university campuses.

‘But this year, SANBS wants to start turning things around.

‘The #NewBlood campaign is asking you to lend us a hand by becoming a regular blood donor,’ said Khoza.

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