We don’t often think about the blood pumping through our veins…until we are in critical need of it.

Every day, thousands of men, women and children require the life-saving gift of blood donations.

From accident victims, mothers in labour to newborn babies and people suffering from blood-related diseases, blood donations give people a fighting chance.

Superheroes among us

Fortunately, we have superheroes among us. They are seemingly ordinary men and women who take 15 to 30 minutes of their time to donate life-saving blood.

You could be one of them.

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One pint of blood saves three lives

Each time you donate blood, you save the lives of three people.

It might include a new mother who lost too much blood during childbirth, a man with a severe blood-related disease and a child involved in a car accident.

One day, someone else’s blood donation could save your life.

Will it hurt?

You aren’t the only one to worry, but rest assured, donating blood doesn’t hurt more than a needle prick.

Since this is just one of many fears about blood donation, we’ve rounded up and busted 10 of the most common myths in the following article: 10 Myths about blood donation.

3000 units per day

Three thousand units of blood are required to meet the daily demand in the eight provinces that South African National Blood Service (SANBS) serve. All this is collected through blood drives and donation centres.

This World Blood Donor Day (14 June), join the superhero squad by donating blood.

For more information on how to become a blood donor, and to find your nearest donor centre, visit www.sanbs.org.

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