Gift of life: SANBS and ECR encourage blood donations

Sandile Thethwayo ensures donors get the best treatment while at the centre.

Newcastillians flocked to the Newcastle SANBS Donor Branch on Saturday, August 5 to do their part in sharing liquid love.

Helping entertain the community was East Coast Radio DJ, Sirshin Moodliar who interacted with donors making sure there was never a dull moment. He also did a blood donation.

Each donor received a token of appreciation and left knowing they had contributed blood that may save someone’s life.

To meet the growing need for blood and maintain adequate stock levels, donors are encouraged to donate regularly, as blood shortages were often experienced during the winter months.

The demand of 3000 units of blood a day, is the norm for South Africa.

The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) relies on volunteer blood donors to meet the demand for blood, especially relevant in childbirth complications, accident victims and for terminally ill patients.

To become a blood donor you need to :

– Be between the ages of 16 and 65 years,

– Weigh a minimum of 50kgs,

– Be in general good health,

– Live a safe lifestyle, and

– Have had a good meal within four hours before donating.

For more information about how you can become a blood donor, visit Newcastle SANBS offices at Newcastle Mall or contact the SANBS on 0800 11 90 31.

You can also visit their website,

Zianne Leibrandt

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