UCKG Pretoria's first blood drive exceeds donation target

Members of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG) in the Pretoria region donated 160 units of blood at the first blood drive organised by the church in partnership with the South African National Blood Services (SANBS) this year. As each unit of safe blood can save three lives, blood collected at this mobile clinic could save 480 lives.
UCKG Pretoria's first blood drive exceeds donation targetUCKG Pretoria's first blood drive exceeds donation target
UCKG Pretoria's first blood drive exceeds donation targetUCKG Pretoria's first blood drive exceeds donation target
SANBS requires 800 000 units annually to meet the needs of medical emergencies and half of this blood is donated at blood drives hosted by businesses or held in shopping centres, schools and churches. Donors can donate blood four times a year and those who commit to becoming regular donors help ensure there is sufficient safe blood throughout the year.

Willem van der Merwe, head of marketing at SANBS Northern Zone said: "We are extremely excited about the first blood drive that took place in Pretoria. The support from the church members was overwhelming and we want to thank everyone who took the time to come and donate. We want to encourage those who have started on the blood donation journey to make this a lifelong commitment towards your community and the people of South Africa. Your blood saves lives."

To become a regular donor, people need to be between the ages of 16 and 65, weigh more than 50kg and live a sexually safe lifestyle. Besides giving the gift of life, becoming a regular blood donor has positive long-term lifestyle implications and could help reduce the prevalence of HIV/Aids. SANBS reports that international research indicates that people who are regular blood donors have committed to maintaining their healthy infection-free status so that their blood is safe to give to someone who needs it. Regular donor blood can save a life within 24 hours of the donation.

The testing laboratories at SANBS are amongst the most sophisticated and advanced in the world. In South Africa, every unit of blood is tested to ensure it is safe for transmission.

Blood cannot be manufactured so the only source is a donation from another person. This is probably the most precious gift you can give to another person and it costs the donor nothing except a little time. Without available blood, lives cannot be saved. You never know when you or a loved one may depend on the selfless donation of someone who made it possible for you to receive life-saving blood.

UCKG has hosted blood drives in Johannesburg during 2011 and is committed to hosting regular blood drives in 2012. The next blood drive will be held at the Cenacle of Faith in Soweto on Saturday 31 March 2012 and in Pretoria on 19 May 2012. All previous donors as well as new donors are invited to attend between 9:00 and 15:00 to donate blood. The target for the Soweto blood drive is 200 units and 150 units for the Pretoria blood drive.

For further information, please contact Nametso Mofokeng at the church's public relations department on 011 224 3400 or email .

7 Mar 2012 12:49