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Donating blood is the ultimate gift of life. Donated blood is used to save the lives of people who are in dire need. In an attempt to help create a generation of community members who see blood donation as a regular habit, Karaglen SuperSpar will once again host a blood donation drive.

The drive will take place at Karaglen Shopping Centre on 25 June. Shoppers are urged to pop in to the centre during the day to donate much-needed blood.

Why donating blood is important?

You blood can save lives! Staggeringly, thousands of patients would die if the blood stock levels at the South African National Blood Services depleted. Donated blood gives patients a gift that no amount of money can buy. Each unit of blood donated can save up to three lives. This is because donated blood is separated into plasma, red blood cells and platelets. Each of these are vital in the process of saving lives.

Where will the blood go?

Those in need of blood include:

  • Women haemorrhaging due to pregnancy complication and other gyneacological complications.
  • Premature babies
  • Children with severe anaemia.
  • Accident trauma patients.
  • Surgical and cancer patients.

Who can donate?

Blood is a lifeline for thousands of people. To volunteer to for blood donation you need to meet the following criteria:

  • You are between the ages of 16 and 75 years old, for first time donors.
  • Your weight is a minimum of 50 kgs (and platelets a minimum of 55 kgs)
  • Health is good.
  • You lead a low risk lifestyle.
  • Your blood is safe for transfusion.
  • You’ve have had a balanced meal within four hours of donating blood.
  • Last donation was longer than 56 days ago (and platelets in the last 14 days.)
  • Your pulse is between 50-100 regular beats per minute.
  • Blood pressure is below 180 systolic (first number) and below 100 diastolic (second number) (180/100mmHg) and above 100 systolic (first number) and above 60 diastolic  (second number) (100/60mmHg).
  • Your haemoglobin level is 12.5 g/dL or above.