Cape donor drive aims to break SA's blood donation record

The Western Province Blood Transfusion Service (WPBTS) and the Sunflower Fund hosted a blood donor drive at Century City's Conference Centre on Friday.

The initiative coincided with Sunflower Day, a campaign by the Sunflower Fund to make a difference to patients in need of a blood stem cell transplant.

Up to 75% of residents in the Western Cape are likely to need a blood donation at some point in their lives, the WPBTS reports.

The WPBTS and the Sunflower Fund joined forces in an attempt to collect 200 blood donations and break South Africa's blood donation record.

Read: Stem cell donation saves lives and this is how you can help

Visitors were encouraged to donate blood and register as a blood stem cell donor for the Sunflower Fund.

Over 90 blood stem cell donors registered on Friday, and CapeTalk was there to witness all the fun and action.

WPBTS spokesperson Marlize van der Merwe debunked some of the myths and challenges associated with blood donation.

Take a listen:

Those unable to make it to the donor drive may can contact the Sunflower Fund's toll free number on 0800 121082 and the team will assist you with registering.

Visit the Sunflower Fund website to learn more.

The Century City Conference Centre has challenged other corporate companies to encourage their staff to donate blood when possible.

Take a listen:


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