Help Save Someone’s Life and Celebrate World Blood Donor Month this June
The theme of this year’s World Blood Donor Month campaign is ‘Blood connects us all’. It focuses on thanking blood donors and highlights the dimension of sharing and connection between blood donors and patients. In addition, the slogan: :Share life, give blood” has been adopted globally, to draw attention to the roles that voluntary donation systems play in encouraging people to care for one another and promote community cohesion.
The campaign aims to highlight stories of people whose lives have been saved through blood donation, to motivate regular blood donors to continue giving blood, and encourage people in good health who have never given blood to begin doing so, particularly young people.
June is World Blood Donor Month and the students from UKZN’s Howard College campus, with the support of The Sunflower Fund and the South African National Blood Services (SANBS), are encouraging members of the public to donate blood and register as stem cell donors. By educating healthy, caring and committed people they hope to increase the numbers of potential donors on the South African Bone Marrow Registry (SABMR). For patients with life threatening blood disorders like leukaemia, this offers a greater chance of finding a match and a second chance at life. By donating a unit of blood, you can help to save three lives.
It only takes two test tubes of blood to register as a potential bone marrow stem cell donor on the SABMR but it costs R2 000 to tissue type the blood samples to the required DNA level. The Sunflower Fund, responsible for the recruitment and growth of the SABMR, engages in extensive awareness and fundraising to pay for these costs for potential donors. To donate R20 to this worthy cause, in support of World Blood Donor Month, SMS “SUNFLOWER” to 40555. (SMS charged at R20. Free sms’s do not apply. Revenue paid to the charity is subject to network operator fees and administration fees).
Please contact The Sunflower Fund toll free 0800 12 10 82, weekdays between 08h30 and 16h30 or visit www.sunflowerfund.org.za for more information. To arrange an awareness talk at your organisation, please contact Mandy Bergsma, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The students are also encouraging the public to join the South African National Blood Service this June in celebrating those who contribute to saving the lives of others. To find out more about World Blood Donor Day and Blood Donor Month visit www.sanbs.org.za or call 0800 11 9031.
About The Sunflower Fund:
The Sunflower Fund, a South African Non-Profit Company (NPC), is dedicated to creating awareness, educating the public and handling the registration process for people to join the South African Bone Marrow Registry (SABMR).
The Sunflower Fund pays for the test cost of people joining the SABMR. This is fundamental to saving the lives of thousands of South Africans each year. The chance of finding a matching donor is 1 in 100 000 – and as ethnic origin plays a significant role in the search for a donor, South Africa’s rainbow nation is at a distinct disadvantage, requiring a large pool of prospective donors.
The aim of The Sunflower Fund is to increase the number of donors on the current registry to at least 400 000.
Should you wish to become a donor, support one of the fundraising projects or make a financial contribution, please contact The Sunflower Fund on toll-free number: 0800 12 10 82. Visit www.sunflowerfund.org.za to learn more or look out for the DONATE button to make a cash donation via the website.