Blood donation recipients are meeting the blood donors who may have saved their lives and their reactions will move you to tears…
Western Cape, South Africa – The Western Cape Blood Services (WCBS) have launched a campaign that is moving people to tears. They are introducing blood donors to the people who have received life-saving blood transfusions.
With Easter and Ramadan taking place over April and May, both religious seasons focus on the importance of reflection and charity. This is the ideal time to give back to those in need. The Western Cape Blood Service (WCBS) has launched a blood donation campaign, which highlights the impact that a single donation can have on another person’s life.
“You might not know who your blood is going to, but you can be sure that it will make a difference in someone’s life,” says Michelle Vermeulen, spokesperson for WCBS.
“We hope that this campaign will inspire people to give blood. Although many people will need a blood transfusion at some point in their lives, less than 1.5% of the population donates.”
The series of videos place the donor in the spotlight, highlighting the personal relationship that donating blood creates with the possible recipient. The videos show that anyone can donate regardless of race, gender or ethnicity. No matter who you are, you can save three lives with each donation.
“During the Easter period and over Ramadan, we see a significant drop in blood stocks. Many of our regular donors are away on holiday for Easter or fasting over the religious month of Ramadan,” says Vermeulen.
“This is a critical time – with the Western Cape population growing steadily, we need your help in order to meet the increasing demand for blood.”
The blood donated is given to trauma and accident victims, surgery patients, burn victims and people with blood diseases such as leukaemia and sickle-cell anaemia.
“Every unit of whole blood is separated into three lifesaving parts; red cells, platelets and plasma,” says Vermeulen.
To donate you need to be between the ages of 16 and 65, weigh over 50kg, be in good general health and lead a safe sexual lifestyle. The process does not cause you any bodily harm – only 475ml of blood is taken, and this is replaced within 24 hours.
For more information on how you can save a life, SMS “Blood” to 33507, call WCBS on 021 507 6300, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.wcbs.org.za. For bloodstock updates and interesting facts about donation check out their various social media websites.
These are some of their stories, grab the tissues because we were moved to tears watching their reactions.