SOUTHERN CAPE NEWS - We all love to celebrate at this time of year and the ATKV Resorts have decided to celebrate life by giving life.
ATKV Resorts will be encouraging the guests at all seven of their resorts to donate blood, together with staff members and the various 'Father Christmases' on 24 December.
Ivor Hobbs, regional marketing manager of the South African National Blood Service (SANBS), says South Africa needs 3 000 donations a day to cover the needs around the country but donations drop over this time as schools, universities and businesses close. Group O blood is the most sought after as it can be given to any of the other groups.
Reyno Wepener, resort manager at Buffelspoort, says ATKV Resorts wants to help the SANBS collect enough blood for any emergencies during the festive season, and to create a positive awareness towards donating blood.
ATKV Resorts plans to make blood donations a regular event, especially during peak seasons.
Hobbs says, "The SANBS is very excited about getting involved with the ATKV Resort group again.
For years we have been doing many successful blood drives at individual resorts but this is the first time we will be doing a big national event."
More interesting facts:
Three lives can be saved with just one blood donation.
Most people don't know what their blood group is.
Blood will always be in demand as it is the most common blood type.
Blood usage goes to the following conditions:
27% - General medical treatment (cancer)
26% - Women in childbirth
21% - Scheduled operations
10% - Paediatrics
6% - Orthopaedics
6% - Research and laboratory