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#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.

WCBS Donor Awards 2019

This past weekend we hosted our annual Donor Awards, celebrating the milestone donations of our highest achieving blood donors of the past year from the Cape Metro. Between all the donors who attended the awards, they have donated 18,975 units of whole blood and platelets between them.

The highlight of the evening included honouring Mr Kenneth Saunders, who celebrated his 475th milestone donation. 

Turn November into Ovember

The Western Cape Blood Service (WCBS) is turning the month of November into Ovember and is therefore appealing to new and regular donors, especially the O blood group donors to donate to keep blood stocks at a 5 day level. 

The Western Cape Blood Service opens fifth blood bank in Khayelitsha

The Western Cape Blood Service (WCBS) in conjunction with the Western Cape Government officially opened the fifth Western Cape Blood Bank at the Khayelitsha District Hospital on Wednesday, 18 September 2019.

Be a little bad to do a lot of good

The Western Cape Blood Service (WCBS) mascot, Blood Buddy, is asking that you do whatever it takes to make a blood donation, even if it means to be a little bad to do a lot of good.

Die Wes-Kaapse Bloeddiens (WKB) bly Afrikaans

Die Wes-Kaapse Bloeddiens (WKB) sal voort gaan om in Afrikaans te kommunikeer.  Skenkervraelyste en brosjures is in Afrikaans en Engels beskikbaar by alle WKB bloedskenkklinieke asook op die webtuiste

Roll up your sleeve and become a super donor in July!

During the month of July the Western Cape Blood Service (WCBS) wants to appeal to everyone who is eligible to donate blood to step up and become someone’s superhero.  Rolling up your sleeve and donating blood will only take 30 minutes of your time but will make a lasting impact on someone’s life.

In light of Mandela Day on 18 July 2019 we would like to appeal to each and every donor to take 30 minutes of their 67 minutes to save three lives.  After your first donation you will be able to donate 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.