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Spend 30 of your 67 minutes donating blood and help build healthier communities

The month of July calls on all of us to take action and transform the world, as each of us has the ability to do so. The Western Cape Blood Service (WCBS) celebrated World Blood Donor Day on 14 June with the slogan: “Give blood and make the world a healthier place”.  In light of Mandela Day on 18 July we would like to continue in this spirit and appeal to each and every eligible donor to take 30 of their 67 minutes to save 3 lives. After your first donation you will be able to donate blood again in 56 days.

June is National Blood Donor month

During June the Western Cape Blood Service (WCBS) celebrates National Blood Donor month, with the 14th of June being World Blood Donor Day.  During this month WCBS endeavours to raise awareness about the importance of blood donation.

Safety of blood donors, staff, and patients remain a top priority for WCBS

The Western Cape Blood Service (WCBS) would like to assure blood donors that donating blood is safe and that employees and blood donors remain our top priorities. The WCBS has therefore introduced further precautionary measures to ensure the safety of blood donors and employees as the situation with the COVID-19 outbreak continues to develop.

Happy Nurses Day 2020

To all the nurses out there: happy Nurses Day!

The WCBS assures blood donors that donating blood is safe

The Western Cape Blood Service (WCBS) would like to assure donors that donating blood is safe.

There is currently no reason to suspect that COVID-19 can be transmitted through blood transfusion. This is based on the fact that respiratory viruses, in general, are not known to be transmitted by blood transfusion, and there have been no reported cases of transfusion-transmitted coronavirus.

The WCBS encourages blood donation amidst Coronavirus concerns

The Western Cape Blood Service (WCBS) would like to appeal to all our healthy donors to please continue to donate blood. The WCBS would like to assure donors that donating blood is safe. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) cannot be transmitted through a blood transfusion as respiratory viruses are generally not known to be transmitted by donation or transfusion. Blood donor screening, which includes travel self-deferrals, are already in place to prevent individuals who may be at risk of clinical respiratory infections from donating blood. The WCBS does not test for the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

#ShareYourHeart this February!

February is the month we celebrate love in all its glory. The Western Cape Blood Service (WCBS) could think of no better way to celebrate the month by donating blood.

When you donate blood during February tag yourself on our Instagram page @thewcbs with the hashtag #ShareYourHeart. We would love to see as many of our donors’ photographs as possible. The WCBS will give donors two heart-shaped lollipops as a token of appreciation when they donate during the month of February; one for you and one to share with a loved one.

Make a difference in 2020

If giving back in 2020 is a top priority for you, start by donating blood. Committing to four donations during 2020 could save up to 12 lives - every unit of whole blood is separated into three lifesaving parts; red cell, platelets and plasma.

"Thank you to all our blood donors for their support during 2019 and specifically during the school holidays, we managed to receive 13 987 blood donations over this time. This resulted in 41 961 lives saved", says Michelle Vermeulen, Head of Marketing and PR for the Western Cape Blood Service (WCBS). 

Western Cape’s top ten blood donor schools 2019

Spine Road High from Mitchell’s Plain ranked first on the Western Cape Blood Services’ (WCBS) list of top donor schools for 2019, for the third year in a row. Learners and staff collectively donated 619 units of blood, increasing their contribution by 82 units from last year. The school also enrolled the highest number of new donors, with 226 signing up this year.

“Young people play a vital role in the maintenance of our blood supplies – we are hugely grateful for those schools and institutions where we conduct regular blood drives,” says WCBS Education Officer, Marike Gevers.