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MR SOUTH AFRICA SUPPORTS BLOOD DONATION
The South African National Blood Service experienced a difficult Easter this year owing to critical blood shortages in many parts of the country. In Port Elizabeth, only 107 units were collected over the weekend, compared to the 152 units collected at the same time last year.
Encouraging people to become involved at such a critical time of the year is no easy task. Fortunately, Mr South Africa – Denver Burns from Port Elizabeth – is a keen blood donor and gives his unconditional support to the cause. He rallied some support through Facebook where he requested people to donate blood. An additional ten units of blood were collected on Thursday 1 April 2010 due to his initiative and, of course, he also donated a pint himself.
Denver is in the process of signing up as a SANBS ambassador to try to do more than just donate blood. He is passionate about getting more people involved in blood donation since it really is just a mind over matter situation. “The heroic feeling of saving a life makes it all worth the effort.” says Denver.
People are encouraged to visit SANBS website on www.sanbs.org.za to see where they can donate blood.
Mayor supports SA National Blood Service
Mayor Obed Mlaba showed his support for the South African National Blood Service (SANBS) and said it was important for people to donate blood. The eThekwini mayor took time from his duties to donate blood at the blood donation centre at Umlazi Mega City.Clinic officials, who said people were hesitant to visit a clinic to donate, described Mlaba’s support and efforts as crucial in inspiring massive community participation.Mlaba said it’s the best gift you can ever give to another human being. It helps a great deal in accidents and illnesses and we appeal to everyone to come out and save lives.
“If we, as government officials, could strengthen our support of this campaign, I’m positive many people in our communities could feel inspired. We therefore need to encourage everybody to see the significance of supporting this worthy lifesaving campaign”.
The Clinic Supervisor, Ntombifuthi Cele, expressed delight at the gesture by the mayor, saying other officials should emulate what he did.
“This is part of an ongoing national drive to encourage people to donate blood. However, despite some major strides in terms of marketing the campaign, we still don’t enjoy much support from locals. People are still reluctant to visit our clinic to donate, but there is hope,” she said.
Cele said that according to reports, there is a severe shortage of blood throughout South Africa. According to a report from SANBS, at least 3000 units of blood are needed daily to meet the demands of hospitals and patients.
“Blood is needed not only for the victims of accidents, but also for medical procedures and ongoing patient treatments involving regular transfusions,” said Cele.
NORTHGLEN NEWS 08 Jan 2010 Page 2
eThekweni Mayor Obed Mlaba, a regular blood donor,donating blood at Umlazi Blood Donation Centre.