During June the Western Cape Blood Service (WCBS) celebrates National Blood Donor month, with Friday June 14 being World Blood Donor Day.
The theme for this year’s World Blood Donor Day is “Safe Blood for All”. “This theme highlights the fact that safe blood is needed not only world-wide but also right here in the Western Cape,” said Michelle Vermeulen, spokeswoman for WCBS. “We have about 6 million people living in the Western Cape and around 75% of this population will need blood or blood products in their lifetime, yet only 1.5% are blood donors,” she said . If you are between 16 and 75, weigh more than 50kg, are healthy on the day of donation and lead a safe sexual lifestyle, you should be able to donate blood.
Visit www.wcbs.org.za, call 021 507 6300 or you can SMS Blood to 33507 to find out where to donate.