Every year on the 14th of June, we celebrate World Blood Donor Day. The theme for this year is “Blood Connects Us All.” The event aims to raise awareness about the worldwide need for safe blood donations and to thank those who give blood for their voluntary gifts of life.
The concept of donating blood is probably not new to most of us. Your school, university or local community has probably been involved in many blood drives, encouraging you and your friends and family to donate blood, which goes towards blood transfusions and blood products.
There’s Always A Need For Blood
This blood is potentially lifesaving to millions of people all over the world who suffer from life-threatening conditions and plays a critical role in many urgent surgical procedures. This is where various blood donation organisations and you come in. The World Health Organisation relies heavily on its volunteers to give blood regularly in order to ensure that places where safe blood donation is not a possibility, will still receive blood when needed. There is always a need for blood!
What Can You Do To Help?
If you have never considered giving blood because you’re too nervous or busy, consider rounding up a few friends and family to give blood, particularly tomorrow. The more people who are willing to donate, the better!
Find your nearest blood donation station tomorrow or during the week. The South African National Blood Service has a list of all the places you can go to donate.
Check the requirements. Make sure you check if you meet the requirements to donate blood.
Find out if there’s a blood drive at your institution. Most institutions organise blood drives, so you won’t even need to go to a fixed station. They come to you.
Take time to donate. You might not realise that by spending a few minutes to donate blood, you are potentially saving someone’s life.
Here you can find out more info about SANBS and the requirements to donate blood.
Donating blood is one of the most noble gifts you can give.
This year’s slogan reminds us of an important thought, amid a worldwide fight against senseless violence and war; “Share life, give blood.” As the younger generation in this world, we have a great responsibility on our shoulders to lead the way in creating a greater world for others. We can start by sharing life and giving blood freely.
You have the capability to save lives by taking a few minutes of your time to donate blood at your nearest blood drive, so take the step and make it a priority this week.
See what Patience Thusi, a teacher for 13 years, has to say about blood donations and how it saved her life.