Then next #KaraglenBloodDrive will take place on 31 August. Be sure to get ready to give blood from 10am on the day. Donating blood is the ultimate gift of life. Donated blood is used to save the lives of people who are in dire need.

Who can donate to this cause?

The universal access to safe blood is the lifeline for the healthcare system of any nation. As South Africans, we can all be proud of our dedicated and selfless voluntary donors who regularly donate blood to save lives of thousands of our people every year.

Minimum Requirements to be a Blood Donor:

  • Be between the ages of 16 and 75 years old, for first time donors.
  • Weigh a minimum of 50 kgs (and platelets a minimum of 55 kgs)
  • Be in good health.
  • Lead a low risk lifestyle.
  • Consider your blood safe for transfusion.
  • Have had a balanced meal within four hours of donating blood.
  • Haven’t donated blood in the last 56 days (and platelets in the last 14 days.)
  • Have a pulse rate between 50-100 regular beats per minute.
  • Your 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).
  • Have haemoglobin level of 12.5 g/dL or above.

Please ask for more information if:

  • You’ve had surgery in the last 6 months.
  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding your baby.
  • You are on medication such as antibiotics
  • You’re from or have travelled to, a malaria area.
  • If you have had cancer, heart disease, epilepsy, a bleeding disorder or any other chronic medical condition.
  • When you are involved in a “hazardous” occupation or sport e.g. operating heavy machinery, flying a plane, scuba diving, working at heights etc.

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to be part of something life-changing. Join us at Karaglen Shopping Centre on 31 August from 10am for the next #KaraglenBloodDrive.