The Western Cape Blood Service (WCBS) is appealing to all eligible donors to donate blood as blood stocks are critically low. “We always aim to have a blood stock level of 5-days. Currently, there is a critical shortage in the O+ blood group, with only a 2-day supply left”, says Marike Gevers, Public Relations Manager at WCBS.

“We encourage all blood donors to make saving lives part of their new year by committing to donating blood at least 4 times a year”, Gevers added. Each donor that successfully donates a unit of blood in January will receive a limited-edition WCBS face mask.

If you are between the ages of 16 and 75, weigh 50kg or more, are in good general health, lead a safe sexual lifestyle, you should be able to donate. Blood donation takes 30 minutes of your time and you can donate every 56 days. To find your closest blood donation clinic, please download the WCBS app on Android and iOS, send us a WhatsApp on 060 549 7244 or view our Where Can I Donate page for more information.

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