To celebrate World Blood Donor Day this Saturday 14 June, the New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) is saying a huge ‘thank you’ to New Zealand’s blood donors who have helped save the lives of thousands of Kiwi mums and newborns up and down the country.
In 2013, almost 12,000 units of blood and blood products were used by mums and newborn babies across New Zealand.
This June, the NZBS is asking all Kiwis to ‘get social’ and pledge their support on the New Zealand Blood Service Facebook Page or www.nzblood.co.nz. Those who are eligible to donate will be notified on how to book an appointment to donate. Those who aren’t are thanked for supporting NZBS and helping spread the word about the life-saving role donors play.
How you can help
Each year, the NZBS loses up to 28,000 donors due to retirement, ill health or personal choice. This World Blood Donor Day, they are encouraging more people to become real life heroes and pledge support to help the 42,000 people who need donated blood or blood products every year.
To ensure that every drop counts, the NZBS operates on a ‘right donor, right product, right place, right time’ basis; this means that some donors may donate less often, or more frequently, than others depending on their blood type and location.
For more information, visit www.nzblood.co.nz.
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