Ki­wis are great at giv­ing, NZ Blood Ser­vice says

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Ki­wis have the giv­ing spirit in their blood, ac­cord­ing to the New Zealand Blood Ser­vice.

The ser­vice is mark­ing the 10th global an­niver­sary of World Blood Donor Day this Fri­day by cel­e­brat­ing the coun­try’s gen­eros­ity with its haemoglobin.

‘‘New Zealand is one of the only de­vel­oped coun­tries we are aware of to achieve and main­tain self-suf­fi­ciency in its blood ser­vice,’’ spokesman Paul Hayes says.

‘‘We meet all of the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion’s cri­te­ria for self­suf­fi­ciency, which is con­sid­ered the gold stan­dard in­ter­na­tion­ally.

Be­ing a self­suf­fi­cient coun­try for blood prod­ucts means there are no bar­ri­ers for those in need, with a safe and cer­tain sup­ply al­ways avail­able thanks to donors.

Mr Hayes says it is im­por­tant New Zealan­ders know about this sta­tus.

‘‘In­ter­na­tion­ally, Ki­wis are well-known for their hard work­ing and giv­ing na­tures, and this couldn’t be more true for our blood donors. Their gifts of life over many years have made self­suf­fi­ciency pos­si­ble here.’’

A donor’s blood type and lo­ca­tion de­ter­mines when they are asked to do­nate – that helps the Blood Ser­vice man­age do­na­tions to meet con­stantly chang­ing de­mand.

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