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09 June 2009

Celebs line up to donate blood

To encourage more people to donate blood, local celebs will put their money where their mouths are to show their support for the SANBS during Blood Donor Month.

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.

  • Women who haemorrhage as a complication of pregnancy;
  • Children with severe anaemia;
  • Accident victims; and
  • Surgical and cancer patients.

  • 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.

  • Virgin blood donors
    Blood donation questionnaire

     
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