February is the month we celebrate love in all its glory. The Western Cape Blood Service (WCBS) could think of no better way to celebrate the month by donating blood.

When you donate blood during February tag yourself on our Instagram page @thewcbs with the hashtag #ShareYourHeart. We would love to see as many of our donors’ photographs as possible. The WCBS will give donors two heart-shaped lollipops as a token of appreciation when they donate during the month of February; one for you and one to share with a loved one.

Blood donation only takes 30 minutes of your time every 56 days. It requires you to be between the ages of 16 and 75, weigh 50kg or more, be in good general health and lead a safe sexual lifestyle. It does not cause you any bodily harm, since only 475ml of blood is taken, which is replaced within 24 hours. Please eat a substantial meal within the three to four hours that lead up to the clinic and increase your fluid intake before, during and after donation. Also, please go easy on exercise after donation.

For more information, SMS “Blood” to 33507 and the WCBS will call you back with information on where to donate. Donors can send us a WhatsApp on 060 549 7244, call us on (021) 507 6300, send us an e-mail on info@wcbs.org.za or visit www.wcbs.org.za. Like us on Facebook (TheWCBS) or follow us on Twitter (@The_WCBS) for interesting facts and bloodstock updates.

#ShareYourHeart, donate blood.