Learners and educators at Northern Academy Secondary School donated 57 units of blood during a blood drive at the school recently.
South African National Blood Service (SANBS) Limpopo Public Relations Practitioner, Pottie Pinn says each unit of blood donated can potentially save three lives. She explained that three components are harvested from a unit of donated blood being red cells, plasma and platelets. Pinn added that SANBS Limpopo distributes 250 to 300 units of blood every day depending on the demand while 3 000 units of blood are distributed nationally every day.
She further indicated that it was important to host blood drives in schools for learners to adopt lifesaving habits and become regular donors.
A number of learners donated blood for the first time with one of them, Lesego Sekgobela stating that it was hard to make such a decision but she was delighted that she finally donated her first unit and pledged to become a regular donor to help save lives.
Educators Nakedi Mothapo has been a regular blood donor since 2014 and encouraged people to join forces with SANBS to save lives. She said she never wants to miss a blood drive at the school because she knows that there are people who are in dare need of blood.
Story and photos: ENDY SENYATSI