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CANSA Supports at SANBS Blood Drive for Nelson Mandela Day

In support of upcoming Nelson Mandela Day (18 July 2015), the South African National Blood Service (SANBS), together with Melrose Arch Management, Stanlib, CANSA, the Organ Donor Foundation and Sunflower Fund are appealing to all South Africans to honour the late Nelson Mandela’s legacy and give the gift of life – blood.

SANBS brand ambassador, Commonwealth Games gold medalist, Natalie du Toit, will be celebrating Mandela Day at the blood drive at Melrose Arch.

Show your support and join us at the Mandela Day Blood Drive at Stanlib, Melrose Arch, on the 17th July 2015 from 09:00 – 16:00. Download poster…

CANSA will offer the following free screening tests on the day: – Healthy Lifestyle Risk Assessments – Blood Pressure Monitoring – FotoFinder Machine screening (mole mapping dermoscope device for detecting skin cancer). CANSA is keen to support SANBS as blood donations benefit cancer Survivors…

SANBS & Mandela Day 2015

The Sunflower Fund will be creating awareness by educating the general public as to the importance of becoming a bone marrow stem cell donor, and encouraging people to join the registry. The process to donate is very similar to donating platelets. Blood is drawn from one arm through a needle and filtered through a cell separator, bone marrow stem cells are collected from your blood into a bag. The rest of your blood is returned via a needle in your other arm. This process takes +/- 4-6 hours and might need to be done on two consecutive days.

Support SANBS Throughout the Year

Nelson Mandela Day is a philanthropic occasion that challenges people the world over and reminds them that it is “time to serve” and not just on 18 July.

This would instil in blood donors a culture of and making a difference throughout the year by donating blood regularly.

Although SANBS currently collects over one million units of blood annually at its 87 fixed donor centres and through daily blood drives managed by 100 mobile teams, there are instances when we fall short of the 3 000 units of blood required to meet daily demand and this greatly impacts on the lives of patients.

Each unit of blood is separated into red blood cells, platelets and plasma and depending on medical needs; these products are estimated to benefit three patients daily.

Blood Reserves Low this July

Currently the blood reserves are low this July and since it is Nelson Mandela Day we would like to inspire the public to choose blood donations as their continued act of kindness.

“There is no better way to honour the life and spirit of a man who epitomised the precious value of life than to donate blood and save the lives of accident victims, mothers in labour, cancer patients and thousands others”, says Sini Subrayen, Public Relations Practitioner, for SANBS.

Blood donors are in the privileged position to give somebody a second chance at life and this Mandela Month SANBS encourages South Africans to pump up their efforts and bleed for a purpose.

Nelson Mandela Day is a philanthropic occasion that challenges people the world over and reminds them that it is “time to serve” and not just on 18 July. This would instill in donors a culture of making a difference throughout the year by donating regularly.

Blood donors are in the privileged position to give somebody a second chance at life and this Mandela Month SANBS encourages South Africans to pump up their efforts and bleed for a purpose.

Make every day a Mandela Day – blood donations welcome throughout July & the rest of the year!

About SANBS Partners:

The Sunflower Fund: aims to educate and recruit a viable source of well-informed potential bone marrow stem cell donors who are ethnically diverse, in an effort to save the lives of those needing a transplant when suffering from life-threatening blood disorders. It strives to maintain the associated donor records of the South African Bone Marrow Registry.

CANSA: Can you imagine if we all helped to build a world without cancer? The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) enables research, educates the public and provides support to all people affected by cancer. As a leading role-player in cancer research, the scientific findings and knowledge gained from our research are used to realign our health programmes as well as strengthen our watchdog role to the greater benefit of the public.

The Organ Donor Foundation: is a non-profit organisation established in 1988 with the aim of addressing the critical shortage of organ and tissue donors in South Africa. We actively implement education and awareness programmes throughout the country with the help of permanent staff but mainly with the assistance of volunteers, medical professionals and transplants coordinators, who kindly donate their time. Currently there are over 4,300 adults and children awaiting organ & cornea transplants in South Africa. Tragically less than 600 of those people will receive a transplant and the second chance at life due to this critical shortage. Visit website…

About SANBS:

SANBS is a non-profit organisation which aims to provide all patients with sufficient, safe, quality blood products and related medical services in a sustainable manner. It is rated among the best in the world in the provision of blood and blood products, as well as research and training. SANBS operates across South Africa with the exclusion of the Western Cape, and supports its counterparts across the SADC region.

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