Saving lives, one drop at a time
Posted on: 31 July 2023
Did you know less than 1% of South Africans are active blood donors and that currently there are fewer than five days of bloodstock in the country to ensure sustained blood availability for patients in need? Did you know you can help?
KAL has partnered with the Western Cape Blood Service (WCBS) to encourage employees to donate blood.
The Group recently hosted two blood donation drives at Agrimark Paarl, where KAL employees, customers and employees from surrounding businesses donated a total of 26 litres of blood.
“Donated blood is used in many different areas – for accident victims, trauma cases and surgery, as well as for burn victims, cancer treatments, childbirth cases and research,” says Taasha Thorne, KAL’s CSI Officer.
“When you donate blood, you are giving a gift money can’t buy. It’s that simple and that valuable.”
“Aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, KAL aims to contribute towards health and well-being for all and address inequalities in accessing affordable and critical health treatments,” says Barend Sulvester, Senior Manager: Sustainability.
“It was great to see so many of our colleagues and surrounding businesses volunteer. We hope we can continue to inspire everyone to keep on donating blood, save as many lives as possible and contribute to better health for many more people in our communities.”
Helping people has always been a passion of mine, and the fact that I can save three people's lives for free by donating blood is a very rewarding feeling. I also think knowing people can die if there is not enough quality blood in stock is also a contributing factor to my decision to donate. Although it was a bit daunting at first, the nurse put me at ease which made the whole experience pleasant and, most importantly, painless. I encourage everyone to make that small sacrifice to save three lives. Give your blood to someone in need, instead of the mosquitoes!
It felt great contributing to saving lives. The staff were friendly, helpful and treated everyone well. We had so much fun encouraging each other and while waiting in line, we got to know each other better. I encourage everyone to register as a blood donor and save a life, or even three.