Saturday, 13 June 2020 11:06

 

The full NSRI Station 26 Kommetjie crew donated blood at the WCBS Blood Donation Centre in Blue Route Mall this week ahead of World Blood Donor Day on Sunday. 

Ahead of World Blood Donor Day on Sunday 14 June, National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) volunteers across the country have responded to the call to donate blood.

According to the South African National Blood Service (SANBS), less than 1% of South Africans are active blood donors. 

NSRI volunteers, at both coastal and inland region stations, have donated blood as part of national efforts to help save lives – both on water and land.

The NSRI is a non-profit organisation staffed by highly trained volunteers who are ordinary people doing extraordinary things day after day. Donating blood is just one more way in which the organisation is seeking to make a difference.

NSRI CEO Dr Cleeve Robertson said, “Volunteering is at the heart of what we do and donating blood, especially in the build up to World Blood Donor Day, is simply an extension of who we are. We would urge everyone who is able to donate blood to do so as part of the national effort to save lives.”

Vuyolwethu Mguli, Promotions Officer at the Western Cape Blood Service, expressed gratitude to the NSRI volunteers and NSRI Melkbosstrand which opened up the base station to serve as a donor centre free of charge.

“You showed a tremendous character by keeping cool and helping us to make sure we acquire sufficient supply of safe blood, even during these uncertain times,” Mguli said. “We are glad to know that we can depend on you to stick it out when things get a little hairy, and your exceptional work ethic does not go unnoticed." 

COVID-19 has put a hold on many aspects of everyday life, but not the NSRI, whose volunteers have continued to operate as an essential service, rescuing, and supporting where needed.

For over 50 years, the NSRI has been saving lives and educating South Africans about water safety, for free. The NSRI relies on donations from the public and corporates. Please visit www.nsri.org.za to see how you can help save lives.

World blood donor day is commemorated annually in recognition of those who donate blood on a voluntary basis to save lives.

A unit of blood only lasts 42 days after donation and blood donors are encouraged to donate regularly. Donors can give blood as often as every eight weeks. Every unit of blood can save a minimum of three lives as blood is separated into red blood cells, plasma and platelets.

The SANBS aims to collect 3,000 units of blood per day to ensure a safe and sufficient blood supply in the health care system.