Five reasons why young people should donate blood

The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) urges young people to donate blood this youth month. Photo: Matthew Jordaan

The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) urges young people to donate blood this youth month. Photo: Matthew Jordaan

Published Jun 25, 2024


While the country is celebrating Youth Month, the South African National Blood Service (SANBS) has urged young people to donate blood, as part of their ongoing #WeAreThePulse campaign.

In a statement, the SANBS said one blood donation had the potential to save up to three lives. “We want to raise awareness about the importance of blood donation, especially among young people, and to inspire a culture of giving and compassion.”

SANBS said giving blood did not only saved lives but also made the donor a hero in someone’s story. Here are five reasons why you should donate blood:

Can Save 3 Lives

One blood donation has the potential to save up to three lives. Your blood could be the lifeline that someone desperately needs in a medical emergency. Whether it is a car accident, a complicated surgery, or a patient undergoing cancer treatment, your donation can make a huge difference. Imagine the impact you could have on someone’s life.

Personal Fulfilment

Imagine knowing that you have made a real difference in someone else’s life. This can bring a profound sense of personal fulfilment and satisfaction. Knowing that you are the reason that someone gets to celebrate their next birthday gives one an immeasurable emotional reward. It is a feeling of pride that can not be matched.

It is Quick and Easy

The actual donation process only takes about 15 minutes, and the entire process, including registration and the health screening using the recently launched digital medical questionnaire, usually takes about 30 minutes. Rest assured, all necessary safety measures are in place, including the use of sterile equipment and a thorough health screening. The needle prick is minor compared to the joy of knowing you have helped save a life.

Free Health Check

Before you donate, you will get a free health screening, including blood pressure, pulse, temperature, and haemoglobin levels. It is an excellent way to keep track of your health and ensure you are fit to donate. Plus, after you donate, you will get to know your blood type, which is pretty exciting and handy.

Make new connections

Blood donation drives are not just about giving back, they are also about building connections. They are awesome places to meet like-minded people who also want to give back to their community. You might even make a friend for life! It is a social and fulfilling experience that can leave you feeling connected to your community.

Donating blood is not just a personal act of kindness; it is a powerful way to support your community. By donating, you are setting a positive trend and encouraging others to do the same. You are not just donating blood; you are inspiring a culture of giving and compassion. Your donation can help save lives in emergencies, support patients undergoing surgeries or cancer treatments, and contribute to the overall health and well-being of your community.

SANBS encourages everyone to join the blood donation movement.

Sunday Tribune