The month of July calls on all of us to make the world a better place, with Mandela Day on 18 July. Donating blood may only take 30 minutes of your time, but can make a life-changing difference in someone else’s life.

The WP Blood Transfusion Service (WPBTS) celebrated World Blood Donor Day on 14 June with the slogan: “Be there for someone else. Give blood. Share life”.  In light of Mandela Day we would like to continue in this spirit and appeal to each and every eligible donor to take 30 of their 67 minute to save 3 lives.  After your first donation you will be able to donate again in 56 days.

‘The WPBTS is experiencing a critical blood shortage.  We need donors who are eligible to donate blood to be the difference in someone’s life’, says Michelle Vermeulen, Corporate Public Relations Officer at WPBTS.

If you are between 16 and 65 years, weigh more than 50kg, are healthy on the day of donation and lead a safe sexual lifestyle you can be a blood donor.  Visit, call 021 507 6300, SMS ‘Blood’ to 33507 or download our app, WP Blood to find out where to donate.

Your one donation can save up to three people’s lives.