Media Release : Give a tomorrow

Give blood, #GiveATomorrow

When Patience Thusi, a school teacher in KwaZulu-Natal, was diagnosed with aplastic anaemia in 2010 she thought she would not live to see her two daughters reach adulthood.

Her life changed the moment she learned that her bone marrow was not producing enough red blood cells, white blood cells or platelets. Since that day Patience has been living between her home and the hospital to get blood transfusions every other day just to stay alive.

The country will this month reflect on Human Rights Day (21 March) and the foremost right in the constitution –the right to life. For the South African National Blood Service (SANBS) this is the opportune moment to reflect an experience like Patience’s. Like many others, she will celebrate this Human Rights Day because a life-saving blood transfusion was available when they needed it.

Because of thousands of blood donors, people like Patience, mothers in labour, cancer patients and accident victims are afforded a second chance to complete their life stories.

This is the underlying message of a campaign called #GiveATomorrow which the SANBS will roll out to emphasise the important role that blood donors play in promoting people’s right to life.

“When we hear stories like Patience’s we are determined to continue hosting blood drives knowing that our donors don’t just give blood, they give a life waiting to be lived meaningfully. Blood transfusions have kept Patience alive for about five years, so that she can continue imparting knowledge in our youth as a teacher,” said SANBS Communications Manager Vanessa Raju.

To meet the growing need for blood, SANBS must collect 3000 units of blood units daily. Three people can benefit from the various blood products created from each pint that is given in the selfless act.

Currently SANBS has a diverse donor base of over 490 000 people and although this is good, the organisation is always looking to recruit more members into its family of dedicated volunteers.

“We at SANBS hope that people who haven’t donated blood before will be inspired to take that big step by visiting one of our donation centres and embark on the fulfilling journey of ensuring the availability of this precious life-giving resource for those in need,” added Raju.

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About the South African National Blood Service (SANBS)

SANBS is a non-profit organisation which aims to provide all patients with sufficient, safe, quality blood products and related medical services in a sustainable manner. It is rated among the best in the world in the provision of blood and blood products, as well as research and training. SANBS operates across South Africa with the exclusion of the Western Cape, and supports its counterparts across the SADC region. Website:, Facebook:, Twitter: @thesanbs