Did you know that your blood donation can save the lives of up to three people?
With that in mind, the New Zealand Blood Service is visiting Pukekohe today (Thursday 20 April) and tomorrow (Friday 21 April), and will be at the St John Hall on Roulston Street.
The team will be there from 1pm until 7pm today, while tomorrow sees an early start at 9am, and finishing at 1pm.
The Post’s Emma Sharplin and Yana O’Gorman went down on Wednesday to go and pump their veins. Unfortunately, both Emma and Yana were ruled out of donating this time round. Yana was slightly under the weight threshold, and she eats heaps of pies too! They didn’t know that that was a requirement for eligibility.
Yana reckons she is going to work extra hard at the gym to put on that elusive 1kg required to give blood, so that she is ready for the next donation round in three months time.
Only four percent of New Zealanders actually roll up their sleeves to donate, which isn’t a lot when considering 3000 donations are required by hospitals each and every week.
When breaking down where your blood goes, the New Zealand Blood Service state that biggest use of blood products is for the treatment of cancer, which sits at 29 percent. The next biggest use are accidents at 18 percent.
Unfortunately, nobody knows if they are going to be part of an event that sees them require blood for themselves. Donating is a great way to not only give back to your community, but to know that you are providing the adequate means to help save a life.
If you would like to know if you are eligible to donate, feel free to see the team in Pukekohe today. They make the process so easy with their friendliness, and are willing to answer any questions you may have,
Emma, who cries every single time she donates because she is scared of needles, also reckons the biscuit spread and juice combination at the end is definitely another great reason to donate today.