Learners donate blood and help save lives
To give blood can easily save up to three people's lives. And for the McKinlay Reid learners to get the Western Province Blood Transfusion services at their school was a project well done. Two students, Nina
Steyn and Kayla Greenwood, made contact with the blood bank and asked if they could visit their school. For the promotions officer Arlecia November, this was a siren call. She said it is not every day that school kids want to donate blood. "So when we got the call, we confirmed with the school to set a day and time. This is what we call an emergency clinic." November says at the moment blood type O is much needed because this is the blood group anyone can receive in case of an emergency. She explains that there is actually a shortage in the Western Cape, so drives like the one at McKinlay Reid are a great boost. November says they need about 900 units a day to keep up with the demand. "The demand for blood transfusions gets more and the donations less and less. That is why it is so important that people realise that giving blood really does save a life."
Kayla said she and Nina got together and thought of a way they could give back as part of their interactive project. "We saw this blood drive as the perfect opportunity, especially before the Easter weekend. We know there are always lots of accidents over Easter and that there is a shortage. This is our way of helping." The girls say this is just one of many
different ways of giving back and helping people. "You can give food or clothing or comfort and interact with people - this is helping people with medical needs."
They said their contribution might be small, but it is still amazing to think they can help in their own way.
Kayla Greenwood (left) with Arlecia November from the WP Blood Transfusion Services and Nina Steyn.
Normaine Hendriks takes Norman Setan through the process.