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Donor stories

Veronique’s journey

Draw inspiration from Veronique’s journey, a lecturer at a local university who began donating blood at the age of 16. As we approach the start of the 2024 academic year in higher learning institutions, the SANBS often encounters a challenge as high school blood donors typically discontinue their contributions after completing. We ask young people to think about donating blood on campus or at nearby donation sites. Call our toll-free toll at 0800 11 90 31 or visit for more information.


Luke Bernard’s story

Luke Barnard has been a committed blood donor for over 50 years! When his wife needed a life-saving transfusion, her life was saved by strangers and this changed how Luke viewed blood donation. He believes in giving back regularly, ensuring families can share precious moments. Luke stays healthy with activities like jogging, spinning, and golf. With low blood stocks, let’s follow his inspiring lead and donate blood this festive season to give someone the gift of life.

Sibongeleni Hlongwane’s story

Sibongeleni Hlongwane, a 23-year-old from Pietermaritzburg, began his journey of blood donation at 17 while attending school. His commitment to donating blood is his way of giving back to society. He encourages fellow young individuals to explore the meaningful act of blood donation and participate in community blood drives.


Helen Nkomo’s story

Saving lives since the 1980s Helen is an extraordinary healthcare worker who has been saving lives for over four decades. In the 1980s, she received a life-saving blood transfusion during childbirth, which inspired her to become a dedicated blood donor herself. Her commitment to giving back has touched countless lives, making her a true representative of the many women behind the blood. #.

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Christiaan and Mlungisi’s story

Prepare to be inspired by Christiaan and Mlungisi, remarkable young men who continue their parent’s extraordinary legacy in blood donation. Having experienced the impact of this selfless act firsthand, they have taken up the responsibility to shape the future of blood donation, ensuring their parents’ legacy lives on. Their dedication is a beacon of hope, and we encourage you to join them in making a difference in securing a sustainable future for blood donation. Together, let us create a legacy that will transform lives for generations. #ItIsInYourHands #ThePeopleBehindTheBlood

Royson Naidoo story

In this incredible video, witness the extraordinary journey of Royson Naidoo, who has dedicated his life to donating blood and serving his community. Royson’s selflessness and unwavering commitment will inspire you to make a difference and save lives. Join us in celebrating Blood Donor Month by paying tribute to #ThePeopleBehindTheBlood..