Home > Lifestyle > Your Blood Updated 06 June 2014 Blood donation: what users say We asked our users whether or not they donated blood, and what their reasons were. Here's what they had to say. 57 Shutterstock Related Top excuses for not donating blood More South Africans urged to donate blood Every day, thousands of people would die if others did not donate their blood. It only takes about 30 minutes to donate blood and yet people come up with many excuses why they cannot do so. We asked our users if they donated blood and if not, what their reasons are. Here’s what they had to say.Siphosethu Ndlela: I have always wanted to be a donor since the age of 16 but have always been told that my veins are too thin which has just made me feel bad because the nurses tell me my veins will grow but will they ever?Anonymous: Because it would cost R320 to get a letter from my GP and because our precious blood is used to save criminals. If I could specify who gets my blood it would be worth the cost.Anonymous: I do no blood (or organ) donor things and never have. To me it is like being a cannibal. I believe when it is time to go - it is time to go irrespective because we all have a time allotted and by artificial means being kept alive (even with the given and receiving of blood products) is polluting the balance of things.Ameena Hendricks: I am a blood donor and proud to be one! Saving lives is one of the greatest gifts you can do for someone! I have a son, if something should ever happen to him I would want a donor to help him. I am terrified of needles, but I know it’s for a good cause.Nocolene Vercuiel: I’m a donor since I was 18. I get very sick and normally faint but at the end it is worth it giving someone a chance. Next it to donate my organs.Want to donate blood? Check out the SANBS directory to find a blood donor centre near you. You can also SMS your NAME and POSTAL CODE of the area you live in to 31454 to receive the details of your nearest centre.If you live in the Western Cape you can visit the WP Blood Transfusion Service's website to locate your nearest centre.(Image: Shutterstock) Health24 More in Lifestyle Pakistani blood banks tainted with hepatitis and HIV More: LifestyleYour Blood Are you a blood donor or not? Email us and tell us why. You could be published on Health24. advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 57 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors Cipla Nutrition- Dummies Guide to Enduro Prep 4 clever ways to stay active this winter Key signs you need a change in diet Clear your head with fast-acting, long-lasting Sinutab® Nasal Spray Live healthier PMS, depression & suicide » Don't let PMS get you down Symptoms of PMS Diagnosing PMS The link between PMS, depression and suicidal thoughts The symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) are similar to those of PMS, but generally more severe – and could include depression and even thoughts of suicide. A vegan marathon runner » Comrades: don't run if you're ill Fuel your body for the Comrades Running the Comrades Marathon on a vegan diet Donovan Will, who is training to run the Comrades Marathon, speaks to Health24 about his plant based diet and fears of getting injured ahead of the big race.