By Bongiwe Sipunzi

As the days grow shorter and the temperature drops, many of us find ourselves grappling with the winter cold bites – a seasonal slump that can dampen our spirits and demotivate us from bringing out our inner heroes. However, donating blood during winter is a powerful way to uplift your spirits and make an impact.

During the winter months, blood stocks typically decline because of either seasonal illness like colds and flu which can temporarily disqualify potential donors from donating blood. Additionally, many are gripped by the chilly weather and resort to staying indoors to cosy blankets and hot chocolate. However, our remarkable heroes step up, brave the cold and save lives by donating blood.

Keen to join our remarkable heroes? With a little planning, you can be the hero we need. Sr Sybil Jacobs, one of our Professional Nurses, shares tips to becoming a hero this winter.

Keep good hygiene

Wash your hands regularly
  • Wash your hands regularly or wear a mask when you have flu symptoms.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze or sneeze into your arm, not your hands.

Dress warmly

Dress warm in winter
  • Winter in the Western Cape can be chilly, so dress warmly and layer for your blood donation appointment. You can request a blanket from the team to keep your arm warm.
  • Keeping your veins warm will make it easier for our clinic staff to access them.

Build immunity

Vitamin C in naartjies
  • You can build your immunity by eating a balanced diet and increasing vitamin C and Zinc intake.
  • Fuelling your body with enough healthy nutrients and vitamins will help keep you healthy and aid in the absorption of vital minerals and vitamins from your food. For some recipe ideas, feel free to download our cookbook.

Rest and relax

Rest and relax
  • Get enough sleep so that you can have more strength to fight against viruses.

Be our hero this winter!