The WPBTS wishes everyone a happy and prosperous 2017.

A new year creates time for reflection of the past year and inspires new challenges. These challenges become New Year’s Resolutions – what do we want to achieve, what do we want to change and what do we need to do to reach these ideals?

In 2017, instead of giving something up, people in the Western Cape are being asked to give, by giving blood regularly and helping to save lives.

WPBTS would like to challenge YOU to donate at least four blood donations during 2017! It’s easy – blood donation takes 30 minutes of your time every 56 days. It requires you to be between the ages of 16 and 65, weigh over 50kg, be in good general health and lead a safe sexual lifestyle. It does not cause you any bodily harm, since only 475ml’s of blood is taken, which is replaced within 24 hours. As a reminder of how much we appreciate you, you will receive a complimentary thermal mug on your fourth donation for the year.

Remember to eat a substantial meal three to four hours before blood donation, increase your fluid intake and take it easy with exercises on the day of donation. Visit any of our donation clinics to save more than three lives with only one donation.

While donors from all blood groups and communities are important, there is a particular need for donors with blood types O and B to donate regularly as stocks of these are more vulnerable to shortfalls. There is also a need for more black African people to become blood donors to reflect the ethnic diversity of patients.

Are you up for the challenge?

For more information, SMS “Blood” to 33507 and WPBTS will call you back with information on where to donate.  Donors can also call (021) 507 6300, e-mail or visit Like us on Facebook (WP Blood) or follow us on Twitter (@WPBlood) for interesting facts and blood stock updates.