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SANBS pumps up efforts for Nelson Mandela Day

Written by: diannem

Every year, on 18 July, people all around the globe do their bit in support of Mandela Day to make our world a better place.

“You will be one of the few people who can say that they have saved the lives of three people, if you visit any of our hundreds of Mandela Day sites around South Africa and donate blood.”

Silungile Mlambo, National Marketing Manager for the South African National Blood Service (SANBS).

Mandela Day has been celebrated on former president Nelson Mandela’s birthday, 18 July, since the United Nations declared it to be Nelson Mandela International Day in 2009.

At first, the call was for people to dedicate 67 minutes of their time –representing the 67 years of his life that Mandela gave to social justice – to volunteering and community service. The campaign has now shifted to encouraging individuals and organisations to act throughout the year, and not just on one day.

“That is precisely what regular blood donors do. By donating a unit of blood every eight weeks, they are able to live up to the ideal of Mandela Day by performing voluntary service throughout the year. And every time they do, they are potentially saving the lives of three people. What better way to honour the life and service of Nelson Mandela, than to offer the gift of life to perfect strangers? It is not for nothing, then, that the SANBS’s key theme for Mandela Day is, ‘It’s not just blood, it’s saving a nation’.”

Silungile Mlambo, National Marketing Manager for the South African National Blood Service (SANBS).

In support of Nelson Mandela Day, the South African National Blood Service (SANBS), together with Melrose Arch Management, Stanlib, CANSA, Organ Donor Foundation and Sunflower Fund are encouraging you to show your support and join us at the Mandela Day Blood Drive at Stanlib in Melrose Arch, on the 18th July 2017 from 09.00 – 16.00

If you can’t make it to Melrose Arch and if you want to find out where your nearest donation site is, please call the SANBS on 0800 11 9031, email customerservice@sanbs.org.za or visit theSANBS’s Facebook page

“If you want to make a difference on Mandela Day and you don’t know how, or you’re already doing something but you’d like to do more, visit one of our donation sites. Donation is quick and easy – and it’s a lifesaver."

Silungile Mlambo, National Marketing Manager for the South African National Blood Service (SANBS).


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