Donating the Gift of Life
May 14, 2018 at 11:04 AM
It isn't every day you can do something to save someone's life - but that's exactly what you do every time you donate blood. Blood is a priceless gift - a lifesaver.
Even the best trained medical personnel using the most advanced equipment can become helpless in the event that a patient needs blood. 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. Last Friday, 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 donators should be proud of their commitment to the community and the lives their donation could help save.
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