New youth donors are vital to the sustainability of the WPBTS blood donor database, as each year the need for blood and blood products rise and we therefore need to increase our active donor base. WPBTS forges good ties with educational institutions and set up blood donation clinics at them. The majority of schools host blood donation clinics once every term.

We would like to congratulate our top 10 schools in the Western Cape that have donated the most units of blood. In 10th place is Langenhoven Gimnasium in Oudtshoorn (272 units), 9th place goes to Monument Park in Kraaifontein (277) moving all the way up from last year’s 20th place, 8th place is Durbanville High (292) moving up from 13th place. 7th place goes to Punt High in Mosselbay (312), 6th place HTS Bellville (323), 5th place Outeniqua High in George (335) and 4th place to Drostdy High in Worcester (375).

The 3rd place remains unchanged with Fish Hoek High collecting 412 units, 19 more units than in 2017. In 2nd place we have a new entry, moving all the way up from last year’s 16th position, increasing their collections with 238 and this goes to Bellville High (418). Bellville High is also the school with the highest new donor rate, resulting in 190 new donors in just one year.

Congratulations to Spine Road High from Mitchells Plain who came in first place. They collectively donated 438 units of blood over four blood donation clinics giving them an average of 109 donations per clinic.

Well done to all our schools! Thank you for your commitment, we look forward to seeing who will be in the top 10 in 2018.