Donating To Save A Life

July 07, 2021 at 12:58 PM

Blood is a priceless gift that saves the lives of thousands of Kiwis each year. The gift of blood can only come from another human being; it can't be manufactured, and it can't be replaced by animal blood, there are no substitutes. Yet statistics show that less than 4% of all possible donors in New Zealand actually roll their sleeves up and give each year. One donation of blood can save the lives of up to three people.

Each year, New Zealanders donate approximately 150,000 units of blood. Every week, over 3,000 donations are required to meet the demand from hospitals. Today, Senior College students and staff did their part to maintain the necessary supply of blood and help their fellow Kiwis in a time of medical need by donating to the NZ Blood Service.

Among the brave donors were a number of first timers, and many who know someone who has been assisted by the blood service at a critical time. The gift of blood is a very personal act of service so today’s donors should be proud of their commitment to the community and the lives their donation could help save.

Ever wondered what happens to donated blood?

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