In an effort to encourage more people to donate blood, 22 local television and music stars have really put their money where their mouths are: they’re having their fingers pricked, and presenting their veins in support of the South African National Blood Service (SANBS).
"I found it important to encourage people to make a contribution that doesn’t cost them anything more than a little bit of time. When you are able to make a life-changing or life saving difference in somebody’s life, there is really no excuse to not do it. I get my satisfaction from making people laugh. Imagine the satisfaction you’ll get from helping someone live!" says comedian Melt Sieberhagen.
You will answer questions regarding your health and social behaviour;
You will undergo a one-on-one interview with a staff member following the questions you answered on the donor questionnaire;
Your iron (haemoglobin) level will be checked, and your blood pressure and pulse rate will be taken;
During the donation process you will donate one unit of blood (480ml), which your body will quickly replace; and
You will receive refreshments to aid in replacing lost fluid.
- Women who haemorrhage as a complication of pregnancy;
- Children with severe anaemia;
- Accident victims; and
- Surgical and cancer patients.
Virgin blood donors
Blood donation questionnaire