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SANBS Pumps Up Efforts for Nelson Mandela Day

July 2016 – In support of upcoming Nelson Mandela Day, the South African National Blood Service (SANBS), together with Melrose Arch Management, Stanlib, CANSA, 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.

Show your support and join us at the Mandela Day Blood Drive at Stanlib, Melrose Arch, on the 15th July 2016 from 09:00 – 16:00.

Blood Drive 2016

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 blood donors a culture of and making a difference throughout the year by donating blood regularly.

Current Blood Reserves Low

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 3000 units of blood required to meet daily demand and this greatly impacts on the lives of patients.

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.

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.

Mandela day poster

The Sunflower Fund will be creating awareness as well as educating the general public as to the importance of becoming a bone marrow stem cell donor, as well as recruiting and encouraging people to join the registry.

As blood is vital for the treatment of cancer patients and those needing blood transfusions, CANSA is showing support for the Mandela Day blood drive. The CANSA team is providing Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) tests to help detect any prostate abnormalities as well as offering Healthy Lifestyle Risk assessments to donors. Donors that complete the assessment, will receive free sunscreen.

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.

Blood donors are in the privileged position to give somebody a second chance at life and this Mandela Month SANBS encourages South Africans to donate blood today and give someone a tomorrow.

Make every day a Mandela Day…


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