Be the hope for tomorrow



Be the hope for tomorrow
Issue 1
Free of Flu?
We Need You!
The Lowdown on Iron
How Blood Donations
Helped My Family
The Gift of Life
the Jordan du Plessis Story
Be the hope for tomorrow
January to March 2013
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Free of Flu? We Need You!
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The Lowdown on Iron
How Blood Donations
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Irene van Schalkwyk
Bronwyn Petersen
Debra Forster
Helani Nel
Gail Nothard
Ilsabie Spoelstra
Keneilwe Makgoko
Marelda Sibanyoni
Maryke Harris
Msimole Lose
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Nina van Wyk
Rene Vice
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receives no funding from Government. With 27 branches and 80
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Message from the CEO
We are well into 2013 and for many of us the festive break may seem like a distant
memory. The beginning of any new year brings reflections of the past and plans for
the year ahead.
2012 was another great year with some difficult times, especially over the Easter
and the winter holidays, but with your help as our caring and loyal donors
we have managed to pull through. This festive season saw the blood stocks
drop drastically, which was cause for great concern. Despite all efforts to
the contrary, we still see a trend over the holiday periods with serious
We know and understand the daily pressures that exist in our lives today
and we appreciate the time our donors take to participate in this selfless
act of donating blood. We do hope that your commitment to saving the
lives of patients in need of blood transfusions will continue.
So, let us all make a commitment for 2013, namely to donate blood a
minimum of four times!
Take care
From the Editor's Desk
A new year always renews my energy. I like to set out intentions for the year. Resolutions
are so old school and how many of us can confirm that we have them in check at the
end of January? Well, if you are one of the few that made a resolution and are still
sticking by it … congratulations! You are part of a small percentage of people who is
able to do so.
A part of the new energy we would like to exude, is our new look magazine for
2013, which we hope you will find exciting. Our focus will be more on the stories
that are of interest to our donors and on sharing stories about the difference
your acts of kindness makes in the lives of others.
As always, I encourage you to send me more of your thoughts and ideas
regarding what you would like to read about.
Let’s go forth into 2013 and pledge to donate blood at least four times this
year, especially in times when the school holidays impact our blood
May you all have a blessed, successful and fruitful 2013!
We Hear You
Truly Disappointed
Julie Lorraine Barker has sent us a message as noted below:
“I was truly appalled when I read the note below on a friend’s Facebook page recently. It’s amazing how you are
always having a blood shortage, but you can still afford to treat potential donors in such a way. I hope you feel
ashamed of yourselves”.
JulieÊ LorraineÊ Barker
Facebook Extract
“I am so upset! Today, Dylan wanted to donate blood for the first time but, because the staff would not let
me read the questions on the questionnaire to him, he was turned away. How is someone with a reading
disability supposed to read the questionnaire? After that, I decided not to donate either. That’s two pints lost.
How disgusting!”
KarenÊ DreyerÊ Janisch
Bittersweet Service
“I gave blood at a mobile drive at Greenstone Mall
recently. I must say, I was very disappointed with
the first woman who gave me forms to fill in. I
almost walked away after her sarcastic comments
and eye rolling when I asked questions. She was
only interested in talking to the male staff. However,
the rest of the staff were great!”
CandiceÊ VÊ Anderson
COO Responds
Dear Valued Donors,
Thank you very much for bringing this poor
customer service to our attention and we apologise
that you did not receive the excellent service that we
strive to deliver. The SANBS prides itself on providing
excellent customer service to all it’s customers,
especially to blood donors. We recognise the time
you take to come in and donate blood and always
strive to ensure a pleasant experience for every
RaviÊ Reddy
SouthÊ AfricanÊ NationalÊ BloodÊ Service
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What our fans are saying on the SANBS Facebook page
NataliaÊ Vasilopoulos
I donated at the 94.2 Christmas Carols last night –
it was the right thing to do and very appropriate!
LungeloÊ Young
It’s been almost four months since I last donated.
Better donate now.
HendrikÊ Smit
Did my 6th donation today. Completed my full
cycle for the year. Donate blood, it saves lives.
ChriszeldaÊ Pieterse
Just wanted to compliment you on the new SANBS
ad; saw it this morning and I am definitely going to
donate for the coming festive season ... your ad
was really good and inspiring!
TimÊ Bruggeman
Just donated platelets at Northgate.
MandyÊ MkwanaziÊ Sotwili
Donating blood is the only chance I have to assist
God in a miracle. Knowing I’m giving someone a
chance in life ... a feeling I wouldn’t trade for
RaymondÊ Viktor
The SANBS keeps on requesting for people to
donate blood because they need it so much, yet
they keep on excluding people who are completely safe to donate. Where’s the logic in that?
YogeshÊ CruizeÊ Rajbunsi
Hi SANBS, I felt so disappointed yesterday as I was
100 mℓ short of the required pint. Hope it gets
used somehow anyway. Hope to see you again at
the TPA PMB. Actually I can’t wait to donate my
Liquid Love – you have the friendliest staff.
LesegoÊ RushelaÊ Legod
I just saw a mobile donation station at Hatfield Mall.
Thanks, I am having lunch right now and then I am
good to do my part by donating.
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Free of Flu? We Need You!
Colds and flu are the main reasons why our regular donors cannot donate during the winter months. To help you
stay healthy here are some natural ways to prevent colds and flus:
Wash your hands regularly.
Most cold and flu viruses are spread by direct contact.
Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth.
Cold and flu viruses cling to your bare hands and enter your body through the eyes, nose and mouth.
Get enough sleep.
Staying well rested keeps your immune system strong so that it can fight off germs.
Drink plenty of fluids.
Water flushes your system, washing out the germs and toxins as it rehydrates you.
Exercise moderately.
Exercise helps to increase the body’s natural virus-killing cells.
Limit your alcohol intake.
Alcohol can be dehydrating which, in turn, may decrease your resistance to bacteria.
Eat yoghurt.
Some studies have shown that eating a daily cup of low-fat yoghurt can reduce your susceptibility to colds
by 25 per cent.
Don’t smoke.
Statistics show that smokers get more frequent and severe colds than non-smokers.
Eat fresh fruit and vegetables daily.
The natural chemicals in fresh fruit and vegetables provide the vitamins you need to strengthen your
immune system.
10. Stay home if you are sick.
If you go to work when you are sick, you deprive yourself of the rest you need to overcome your illness and you
could spread your germs to your colleagues and people you come in contact with.
11. Get fresh air.
During cold weather more people stay indoors, which means more germs are circulating in crowded, dry rooms.
12. Avoid close contact with people who have a cold.
13. Relax!
When you’re stressed, your body secretes adrenaline which can compromise your immune system.
(Source: – WebMDHealth website)
Did You
Unless food is mixed with saliva you can't taste it.
Frequently Asked Questions
by Irene van Schalkwyk
Why can I only donate every 56 days?
This is to ensure that your body has had enough time to replace the red
blood cells lost through your last donation.
Is there a chance that I can get HIV from donating blood?
There is no chance that you will contract Aids or any other virus by donating
blood. It is completely safe! A brand new, sterile needle and bag is used every
time. When you donate blood, the seal is broken and the needle is removed
from its cover in front of you. After use, it is disposed of by incineration.
Is the blood tested after every donation?
Yes, every unit of blood donated is not only tested for HIV but also for
Hepatitis B and C and Syphilis. We use the most sophisticated tests that are
available in the world. The blood group is also checked each time.
What happens if your tests find a virus through the blood tests after I
have donated?
In case of a positive test result on any one of the tests (Hepatitis B & C, HIV
and Syphilis) we perform on blood collected, SANBS will contact you
telephonically to notify you of a letter that will be sent to you. Depending on the
results a counselling session will be arranged with you at one of our SANBS
sites or alternatively refer you to a treatment site of your choice.
What do I get in return for donating blood?
Blood is donated voluntary, freely and without payment of any kind. Blood is
donated as an act of goodwill and nothing should be expected in return for
giving this gift of life. What you get in return is the knowledge that you have
saved a life or changed someone’s life and you would hope that someone will
return the favour by making blood available should you need it. If you make
four donations in a calendar year, you also receive a great commitment
mitment gift.
Did You
No two corn flakes look the same.
SMS your name and postal code to
31454 for your nearest donor centre.
Standard rates apply.
The Lowdown on Iron
by Ilsabie Spoelstra Dieticians, Bloemfontein
Why do we need iron?
About 40% of the world population suffers from iron deficiency, making it the most common nutrient deficiency in
the world.
Iron deficiency anaemia develops after a long period of iron deficiency, which means that not enough red blood
cells are formed. The red blood cells are also very small and contain too little haemoglobin. The result is that the
blood is unable to carry oxygen effectively to the body cells.
Iron is an important component of haemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen and carbon
dioxide to and from the body cells. Iron also plays an important role in muscle function, immune function and the
operation of several key enzymes.
What causes iron deficiency?
Chronic bleeding: excessive menstrual bleeding,
gastrointestinal tract bleeding and hookworms
Inadequate intake
Malabsorption syndromes
Frequent blood donation
What are the symptoms of iron deficiency?
Symptoms of iron deficiency include chronic fatigue, weakness,
shortness of breath, poor concentration, a rapid heartbeat, pallor,
hair loss, pica and restless legs syndrome.
What are good sources of iron?
The best source of iron is liver.
Good sources of heme iron are oysters, seafood, organ meat, beef, mutton, pork, poultry and fish.
Good sources of non-heme iron are egg yolk, dried fruit, dark molasses, whole grains, cereals, bread, nuts and
enriched breakfast cereals.
Vitamin C increases iron absorption. Good sources of vitamin C include oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, tomatoes,
broccoli, cauliflower, strawberries, peppers, papaya, kiwi fruit, pineapples, melons, red and green peppers, Brussels’
sprouts and peas.
What factors reduce iron absorption?
Tannin in tea and coffee, excessive fibre intake, phytates (in bran, legumes and soy products), oxalate (in rhubarb,
beetroot, spinach, soy), antacids and tetracycline (antibiotic) can reduce the absorption of iron.
How Blood Donations Helped My Family
My fifteen-year-old daughter, Suné, is a teenager like many others – warm, spontaneous and contagiously cheerful.
She loves the outdoors and has been sports-crazy from a very young age, and thanks to her indomitable and competitive spirit, she excelled in everything she did. She received her Junior National Colours in ringball, as well as her
Provincial Colours in swimming and netball before the age of 12. She’s a go-getter who can’t resist a challenge. She
never got sick – except for the time when she had tonsillitis.
So when Suné came home with unusually big bruises
on her leg after a hockey game, we took no real notice.
And even when we did start taking note of how easily
she’d been bruising of late, we thought nothing of it.
Then one day she showed me a new kind of bruise on
her body – as if she had scratched herself and the
blood had risen to the surface of her skin (doctors refer
to this as point bleeding, as we discovered later on).
I started getting concerned.
That was the beginning of our life marked with needles,
blood and blood platelets, and very soon I knew more
about blood than I had ever hoped to. I learnt that the
red blood cells transport oxygen to all the organs in
one’s body, that one’s immune system is dependent on
one’s white blood cells and that you need them to fight
illnesses and infections. Blood platelets, I learnt, are
responsible for coagulating one’s blood to prevent
excessive blood loss.
The doctor’s face was grave when he told us Suné’s
red blood count was 7.1 and her blood platelet count 5.
It didn’t mean much to us – until he explained that
ideally one’s red blood count should be between 12.1
and 16.3, and one’s blood platelet count between 150
and 450. When the doctor prescribed an immediate
blood transfusion of two units of blood and two units of
blood platelets, it dawned on us that something was
seriously wrong.
The doctor’s fears that it might be leukaemia was
allayed after the tests following a bone marrow extraction came back negative. We were ecstatic at the news
as that was what we had all feared. But we still didn’t
know what was wrong, and the not-knowing gnawed at
us. After a myriad of tests, a final diagnosis was made:
Suné had aplastic anaemia – a very rare blood illness
that basically meant that her bone marrow was
attacked and destroyed by her own immune system.
The body’s attack on itself places the bone marrow
under pressure, which in turn prevents the formation of
any new red and white blood cells or blood platelets.
Two days later her nose started bleeding – and despite
our efforts and home remedies, we couldn’t get it to
stop. A visit to the doctor was inevitable and after a
seven-hour struggle, he managed to stop the bleeding.
Despite receiving immediate blood platelet transfusions, Suné’s blood platelet count remained low. The
doctor’s expected a rise in platelet level of about 40,
and yet her blood platelet count rose by only five to ten
points. The conclusion was clear; her body was
destroying the new blood platelets as she received
them. Suné’s body was building anti-bodies against the
new blood platelets. Further tests revealed that she
was in need of HLA-type blood platelets, a very specific
type of blood platelet.
While we were very relieved that the doctors had made
the diagnosis and knew how to treat her, we – doctors
included – were frustrated as treatment could not begin
without HLA blood platelets. In order to give her bone
marrow a chance to recover, she underwent a chemo
treatment (referred to as horse serum) to suppress her
immune system that was still attacking the bone
But what a difference it made when she had a transfusion! Her cheeks immediately got their glow back, her
bruises became fainter and the point bleeding under
her skin disappeared. Within a day her body was
almost back to normal, and we could be forgiven for
thinking the nightmare has come to an end. But before
the end of two weeks, the signs would start showing
again, and we all knew – she was in need of new blood
and blood platelets.
As a young girl I donated blood regularly but stopped
because I had ‘difficult’ veins and they hurt me too
much. How selfish of me! Now that we depend on the
blood of others less squeamish than I, only now do I
realise the importance of donating blood. My blood
could save someone’s life – someone else’s blood is
saving my daughter’s life. Without it, she will not live for
longer than six months.
My gratitude to the three platelet donors that are saving
my child’s life cannot be described in words, but I hope
they read this article and know that their precious and
selfless blood gifts have saved her and many others,
and have touched the lives of our whole family.
Meanwhile, the search for HLA platelets continued. Six
donors had been identified, but due to various reasons,
the blood of only three could be used. The large
amounts of platelets needed by Suné’s body placed
the donors under huge pressure, as they had to donate
far more regularly than they would normally have done.
Suné started with her treatment in September and we
were told that it would be at least another six months
before we would know for certain whether the treatment
has been successful. In the meantime she would need
two units of blood and one unit of HLA platelets every
second week.
Maybe if you could have witnessed the change a unit of
blood made in Suné, maybe if you had seen how her
pale, unenergetic, young face transformed as she
received the blood, how her cheeks become pink
again, how her skin lost its lifeless pallor and regained
its translucent glow, maybe that would make you go
back to the Blood Donor Centre for a second and a
third time and not give up like I did. This made me go
back and start donating again. Maybe, by looking at
Suné’s face, the concept of saving a life by donating
blood will become more of a reality. Maybe her face will
remind you that you too can save a life by donating
Over a period of three months, Suné had to receive nine
blood transfusions. Sometimes we had to wait for a
whole day before the blood arrived – this despite the
fact that she does not even belong to a rare blood
The waiting is unbearable, and sitting next to her
bedside, watching my energetic and lively young
daughter lie in bed, as pale as a sheet and unable to
walk more than a couple of metres before collapsing
with exhaustion, I struggled to suppress the fear that
had become my unwelcome but ever-present silent
companion. What if the blood didn’t arrive in time? The
what-ifs were never uttered aloud, but hung in the air
like a dark shadow.
There are thousands of others who feel the way I do –
people who are eternally grateful to those that helped
save the lives of their loved ones. Thank you, thank you,
thank you. Words can never express how grateful we
are. Thank you for giving something of yourself, for
making the time and effort to donate your life-saving
blood. You are precious and I pray that God will bless
and protect you.
Regional News | Free State & Northern Cape
The Annual OFM Big Bleed
On Saturday, the 29th of September 2012, the annual OFM Big Bleed
was held in Bethlehem and 45 units were collected on the day. A
first-time donor, Mr Ditshitso Moloi, celebrated his 26th birthday on the
day by making a blood donation. He had bone cancer when he was
12 years old and received a lot of blood during his illness. He wanted
to thank all the blood donors who saved his life and gave him
another birthday by donating blood on his birthday.
SANBS staff with Mr Moloi from left to right are:
Bongani Magagula, Sr Ursula Mafaro and Angelo Clarke.
The Annual OFM Big Bleed
On Saturday, the 8th of September 2012, the annual
OFM Big Bleed was held in Welkom and 33 units were
collected on the day. The staff from the Vodashop at
Welkom Square were the first donors for the day.
From left to right (back) are: Armando Pieters (OFM),
Alta Pienaar (Public Relations Practitioner, SANBS),
Gershwin Williams (donor, Vodashop) and Rocco Smit (ER24).
In front are Kennith Polinane (OFM),
Landi Kahts (Tele Recruiter, SANBS) and
Demont More (donor, Vodashop).
Regional News | Free State & Northern Cape
Ons 1ste Besigheidsbloei
Op Woensdag, die 1ste Augustus 2012 het Bothaville sy
eerste Besigheidsbloei gehou. Die dag was ’n groot
hoogtepunt vir die Mieliehoofstad Sakekamer en die
voorsitter, Hettienne von Abo-Moolman, is as ’n
Bloeddiens-ambassadeur vir die streek aangewys is.
Die dorp se besighede, inwoners, kerke en Rotariërs
het almal saamgespan om die dag ’n groot sukses te
maak. 90 eenhede is op die dag ingesamel – die
meeste nog in 5 jaar! Die Sakekamer het groot waardering vir die personeel van die Duff Scott Hospitaal in
Stilfontein vir hul bydrae – hulle het meer as 200
glukose- en cholesteroltoetse gratis aangebied. Baie
dankie ook aan Lucinda Marx vir hierdie reëlings. 150
bloedgroeptoetse is ook op die dag aangebied sodat
mense kon uitvind wat hul bloedgroep is.
Yolandi Harmse (SANBS), mev. Hettienne von Abo-Moolman (SANBS
Ambassadeur) en mnr. Tinus Fourie (eerste skenker van die dag).
Youth Achieving Milestone Donations
On Tuesday the 28th of August 2012 three young donors
reached milestone donations at the Upington Blood
Donor Centre. “We are always excited when our youth is
committed to donating blood”, expressed the SANBS
From left to right are: Darrel de Wee (20th donation),
Dirk Steenkamp (15th donation) and
Jaendre Theron (15th donation).
Regional News | Vaal
Kroonstadtak Bedank Kliniekkontroleerders
vir Uitstaande Werk
deur Bronwyn Petersen
Die Kroonstadtak het op Donderdag die 25ste Oktober 2012 ’n
funksie gehou om die Kliniekkontroleerders van al die skole
en ondernemings in die Kroonstadomgewing te bedank
vir hul ondersteuning en vir hul verbintenis en toewyding
om die tak te help met die gereelde en suksesvolle bloedskenkklinieke.
Al die skole en party ondernemings het die funksie
bygewoon en dit was ’n reuse sukses. Die volgende
SANBD personeellede het ook die funksie bygewoon en
opleiding gegee: Pulane Twala, Hoof van Bemarking; Trude
Gaarekoe, Skenkeropvoeder; sr. Magda du Plooy, Kroonstadtak Insamelingsbestuurder; Bronwyn Petersen, Kroonstadtak
Skakelbeampte; en mnr. Peet du Plooy, Voorsitter van die
Kroonstad Skenkerkomitee en die Sone Skenkerkomitee.
Me. Nini Mnaba ontvang ’n Sertifikaat van Waardering.
Die volgende kommentaar is deur die skoolhoof van
J S M Seltiloane Sekondêre Skool ontvang: “Thank you
once more and congratulations for a wonderful year-end
ceremony. We really felt appreciated.”
Kroonstad gaan “Drop for Drop”
met OFM
deur Bronwyn Petersen
Op Saterdag die 29ste September 2012 het die OFM Street Squad en die
OFM Hitmobile span die Kroonstad Bloedskenksentrum besoek in ’n poging om
veilige, genoegsame bloed vir die maand in te samel.
Altesaam 63 skenkers het die spesiale bloei bygewoon en die Kroonstadtak het
54 eenhede ingesamel wat hul doelwit van 40 eenhede oortref het. Daar was 3
nuwe skenkers en 11 skenkers van die Klub 25 program. Wiehann van der Merwe
van OFM het sy 4de eenheid bloed geskenk en hy het sy vier-keer-’n-jaar verbintenis geskenk ontvang.
Sr. Wilna Gresse, Jonas Mosikili, Maggi Roodt,
WR, sr. Magda Stoltz, Isabel van Huyssteen,
Bronwyn Petersen en sr. Felicity Oliphant.
Die atmosfeer op die dag was uitstekend! Elke skenker het ’n boereworsrol en
koeldrank ontvang, met trots geborg deur Country Meat Butchery.
Regional News | Northern Zone
Medal for his 250th Donation
Mr Johannes van Heerden received a medal for his 250th donation at the
Mokopane Donor Awards function held on the 22nd of September 2012. He was
the donor with the most donations at the function.
From left to right are: Marilda van Wyk (Northern Zone Donor Service Manager),
Mr Johannes van Heerden and Susan Naude (Mokopane Donor Centre Supervisor).
Surprise for the Polokwane
Donor Centre Staff
Staff members of the Polokwane Donor Centre were pleasantly surprised when
Mr Rory Smythe spoiled them with cake when he came to donate on his birthday.
Polokwane truly has special blood donors!
Talent Mawela (Clinic Supervisor) and Mr Rory Smythe who presented staff with a
cake when he came to donate blood on his birthday.
Regional News | Northern Zone
Carole makes her 250th Donation
On Monday, the 5th of November 2012, Ms Carol de Wet made her 250th blood
donation. She started donating normal whole blood in her younger years.
Then, after a child whom she knew was diagnosed with leukemia, she started
donating platelets. Since then, about 10 years ago, she remained a committed and regular platelet donor.
Ms Carol de Wet during her 250th donation, assisted here by
Sr Alzera Bekker (Pretoria Apheresis Donor Care Officer).
Polokwane Donor Awards
The Polokwane Donor Awards Ceremony took place at the new Peter
Mokaba Stadium on Friday, the 26th of October 2012. A total of 90 donors
received their milestone awards at the function. The donor with the highest
milestone donations was Mr Wilhelm Willemse who received his 250th
milestone award.
Mr Wilhelm Willemse with Prof Philip Venter
(Limpopo Donor Committee Member and SANBS Board Member).
Regional News | Mpumalanga
Midwit Blood Run 2012
by Helani Nel
On the 9th of August 2012, Midwit held its
annual biker’s blood run in the Greenpoint
Centre. Unfortunately a cold front prevailed
and it was a long weekend for most people,
so we only managed to collect 73 units of
blood on the day. Despite these negative
elements, the staff of the Midwit Branch still
made it a day to remember! All worked in
good spirits and everybody thoroughly
enjoyed the day.
Midwit se Bejaardes
Hou Ons Naam Hoog
by Helani Nel
Mnr. Thomas van Wyk het baie deftig gelyk
vir sy 250ste eenheid bloed wat hy op die
10de Augustus 2012 by die Middelburg
Skenkersentrum kom skenk het. Ons is
voorwaar trots op ons bejaardes wat nog
steeds kans sien om bloed te skenk. Saam
met hom is Harriet Steyn.
Thomas van Wyk tydens sy 250ste skenking
op die 10de Augustus 2012.
Regional News | Mpumalanga
Midwit Donor Awards Function
by Helani Nel
The Midwit Branch Donor Awards Function
was held at the Riverside Estate on the
13th of September 2012. We were privileged to
have Mr Ravi Reddy as one of our Guests of
Honour. We also paid tribute to Oom Wihan
de Lange, a regular donor, who has donated
357 units of blood. Mrs Regina Prinsloo also
reached her 300th donation milestone and
set a very good example for all our donors.
The Mobile Team was rewarded as the Best
Performing Team for the previous financial
year and the Saveways Donor Centre was
the runner-up team. Ivor Hobbs entertained
all the guests and it was truly a memorable
evening in Middelburg.
Donors, who donated more than 200 units of blood,
photographed here with management.
Did You
In high-income countries, transfusion is most
commonly used to support advanced medical
treatment and complex surgeries like open-heart
surgery and advance trauma care.
In low- and middle-income countries it is used
often for management of pregnancy-related complications, childhood malaria complicated by
severe anaemia and trauma-related injuries.
Regional News | Egoli
Standard Bank Celebrated its
150th Year Celebration in October 2012
by Debra Forster
Congratulations Standard Bankers! In total, the 150 minute blood drive achieved 414 donations over three days,
many of which were made by new donors and we will continue to encourage them to donate at least four times a
year. There were many reasons to be pleased with the results, namely:
On a scheduled day at Head Office, the SANBS averages 100 donations. We achieved 136, 133 and 145 donations
on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during that week respectively.
493 people ‘presented’ for donations over our three-day blood drive (‘presented’ is SANBS lingo for ‘tried to
donate’). This number exceeded our target of 450. So, even though not all of these people were actually able to
donate, all of them showed support for the 150 minute initiative and, by extension, their community. A great showing, I’m sure you’ll agree!
The majority of donors on the second and third days of the drive were new donors. This is fantastic news for the
SANBS as it now has a new pool of people to contact for donations in future.
Standard Bank, the SANBS salutes you for your commitment and support.
David is a regular blood donor and was there
to support the blood drive which was done in
support of Standard Bank’s 150th anniversary.
“To recognise our anniversary, each staff
member was encouraged to give 150
minutes of company time to support a com
community initiative. The campaign was called
'150 minutes for 150 years'. The blood drive
was one of many initiatives on the go this
year. Naturally we want to build on this
success and do 151 minutes next year!” said a
Standard Bank representative.
Natalie du Toit, a South African
Paralympian, was there to support her
friend, David Munro.
David Munro, Chief Executive of
Corporate and Investment Banking,
Standard Bank Group.
Regional News | Egoli
A Poem Written by a Recipient
Her body was crippled by the fast and powerful collision of two cars moving out of control
Her BROKEN body fell asleep … overwhelmed by the profound impact
S l o w l y, her lungs protested with S h o r t e r and S h o r t e r breaths
An angel stood by her side in the stillness of the night; hovered over her head like a hallow
glowing a protective light
She was put together by human hands, taking God’s directions
Each broken limb blessed and screwed in its place
Her skin sewed back together and plastered
Her veins filled with blood cascading to the core of her being
Her heart filled with oxygenated blood, raising the rhythmic beat of this jovial spirit
The vibe of prayer soared over her brand new existence made of bits and pieces of hope,
tears of sorrow and remembrance of who she was
At this time, her world pulled together in faith,
believing that she would come into their lives once again
So, in the beginning
She was put together under God’s instructions
Each man played his part in excellence
Each doctor took great care in her reconstruction
Each donor gave his blood without complain
Each nurse bathed and cared for her as if she were her own
The church roared, every praying friend and relation poured out their souls in her name
A purpose was spoken and embedded in her soul
That purpose lives in her and has become a part of her
It echoes like an ancient voice from the depths of a warrior’s being
Leading … Feeding her being and giving strength to:
Those who stood by her
Those who had lost themselves
Those who seek hope and those who took divine instruction:
Those who brought her back
Those who gave of themselves
The ones who save lives AGAIN and AGAIN
The ones …
Put together under Gods instructions
Leading … Feeding her being and giving strength to:
Those who stood by her
Those who had lost themselves
Those who seek hope and those who took divine instruction
The ones ...
— Keneilwe Mokgoko
Regional News | Port Elizabeth
Primary and Pre-primary Schools
Strut Their Stuff!
by René Vice
The East London Adopt-a-Month Programme, in which the SANBS educates young learners (pre-primary and
primary levels) about the importance of donating blood, has taken off fantastically in a number of East London
After Stirling Primary brought in 125 units of blood in one month (February/March 2012), a few more schools rose to
the occasion and supported the programme amazingly:
Clarendon Preparatory brought in 73 units of blood during the month of August.
Participating learners from the winning class, Grade 1R, pose with
their teacher, Mrs Rothman and SANBS Eastern Cape Zone Donor
Committee Chairman, Mr Vaughan Thorndike. 50% of this class
managed to motivate 17 donors to donate blood during August!
Mr Thorndike poses with Mrs Rothman and Clarendon Preparatory
principal, Mrs Bev Keth and learners, Kelly Dewing (who brought in 9
units) and Lauren Heath (who brought in 7 units). These two learners
brought in the most units of blood individually.
During the prize hand-over assembly, learners who participated
in Adopt-a-Month received a thank-you gift from the SANBS.
Primary and Pre-primary Schools Strut Their Stuff! continued
Adding a bit of a twist to Adopt-a-Month, the East London Branch tried
a more condensed form of the programme via Adopt-a-Day at Wonderland Primary in Gonubie.
East London PR Practitioner, René Vice, educated the little ones class
by class about the importance of blood, also asking them to remind
their parents to donate blood at the Gonubie Community Blood Drive
(held monthly at the Gonubie Catholic Church in Gonubie Main Road)
on the 19th of September 2012.
In total, this project brought in 46% of the total collections made on the day (13 units from a total of 28 units collected),
with 4 new donors registering on the day – specifically brought in by the Wonderland learners!
The power of persuasion when our precious little ones are involved can be very persuasive! It also seems that the
younger the learners are, the more impact they have on the programme – when compared to participation from
higher grades.
And last but not least, Hudson Park Primary, under the leadership of their principal, Mrs Robin Heaton, made a
tremendous effort and also managed to bring in 70 units of blood during the month of September 2012! Once again
the younger learners showed the highest motivation and Grade 2H walked away with the prize by motivating 12
people to donate blood. Samantha Mouton, a Grade 1 learner, brought in 7 units of blood and won the prize for most
units collected by an individual. Their prizes were handed over to them after assembly on the 26th of October 2012.
Talks at primary schools educate learners about the make-up of blood – red cells, white cells and platelets – and
the special tasks that they perform in our bodies (see below the three ‘Bloodsketeers’ featured in the PowerPoint
presentation used, namely Reddy Red Cell, Whitey White Cell and Platty Platelet).
Regional News | Port Elizabeth
Bay FM & Engen Penford
Support Blood Donation
by Nina van Wyk
The Port Elizabeth Branch of the SANBS held a
blood drive at the Engen Penford Centre in
Uitenhage in partnership with Bay FM on Friday,
the 26th of October 2012.
Bay FM broadcasted live from the blood drive
venue, which created a great atmosphere.
The main objectives were to create awareness
regarding blood donation and to encourage as
many people as possible to participate.
A variety of sponsors came onboard to give
away lucky draw hampers and refreshments to
donors as a thank you.
The target of 50 units was exceeded and
thanks to all the loyal Bay FM listeners and the
Uitenhage community, 51 units of blood were
collected with 7 (14%) first-time blood donors.
Ready to rally support for blood donation in Uitenhage were
Sr Vanessa Cummings (SANBS Clinic Supervisor),
Ready to rally support for blood donation in Uitenhage were
Maryke Harris (SANBS Public Relations Practitioner),
Sr Vanessa Cummings (SANBS Clinic Supervisor),
Marthinus Greyling (Engen Penford),
Maryke Harris (SANBS Public Relations Practitioner),
Nina van Wyk (SANBS Public Relations Practitioner) and
Marthinus Greyling (Engen Penford),
Sr Marie van der Nest (SANBS Nurse).
Nina van Wyk (SANBS Public Relations Practitioner) and
Sr Marie van der Nest (SANBS Nurse).
East London Blood Donor
Reaches Milestone of 300 Donations
Having donated his 303rd unit of blood on the 10th of October 2012,
Bob Thielscher has saved more lives than most of us could ever
dream of! Bob made this donation on the morning the East London
Branch hosted its biannual Donor Awards Function, an event which
was held at the Hotel Osner later that evening, during which he was
presented with the 300th Milestone Award.
Bob started donating blood in his early twenties and due to
an elevated red blood cell count, he made sure to diarise his
next blood donation date – and kept to his ‘bookings’
religiously. Due to his fantastic health, he managed to donate
6 units of blood per year (a person can only donate blood
every 56 days, therefore it is impressive that he was able to
make 6 donations in a single year).
Mr Bob Thielscher (right) with 300 donations with
Mr Petrus Wahl (left), one of two attendees who received
the second-highest milestone achievement at the awards
evening (250th Milestone Award).
He has found it a pleasure donating at the Beacon Bay Blood
Donor Centre (situated in the Beacon Bay Retail Park Shopping Centre) and will continue to do so.
Blood donors are invited to a special awards evening once
they have reached milestone achievements (every 25 donations from 50 units upwards).
Regional News | Port Elizabeth
Kabega Primary for the
Adopt-a-Month Programme
by Nina van Wyk
During September 2012, the Kabega Primary supported the Adopt-a-Month Blood Donation Programme. In total, 86
people donated blood, well exceeding the target of 50 donations. This is a wonderful achievement, considering that
one unit of blood can help to save up to three lives. Kabega Primary helped to possibly save 258 people during the
month of September.
Congratulations to Grade 5 AME, who achieved the
highest percentage participation with 30% and 21 blood
donations in total.
One can see that the teachers at Kabega Primary lead
by example. We have to say a big “thank you” to Mr
Groenewald, Mrs Meiring and one of the learners, Ruan
Swanepoel, who each encouraged six people to donate
blood during September 2012.
Other interesting achievements include an overall
participation of 5% (47 learners out of 898). Although this
percentage does not sound significant, it is much
higher than the South African average of 1%.
Of the 86 people who donated blood, 7 (8%) were
first-time blood donors, 13 (15%) were lapsed donors
(people who have not donated in the past year) and
66 (77%) were regular blood donors.
All the learners in Grade 5 AME that participated in the
Adopt-a-Month Programme during September 2012.
In front, from left to right are: Mrs Meiring, Bernice Bekker,
Moneeb-Amien Jeftha, Ruan Swanepoel and Divan van Staden.
Behind are Rulien Blignaut, Nikita Greyling,
Megan Liebenberg and Kayla Spies.
Did You
A strawberry is the only fruit which seeds grow
on the outside.
Regional News | Port Elizabeth
Laerskool Sonop in Despatch
Ondersteun Bloedskenk
deur Maryke Harris
Laerskool Sonop het 88 mense aangemoedig om bloed te
skenk tydens die jaarlikse Adopt-a-Month Bloedskenkprogram in September 2012. “Dit was die beste ondersteuning
sedert 2008 en dit maak ons geweldig trots en opgewonde”
het die skoolhoof, mnr. Theo Strydom gesê.
Graad R2, onder leiding van juffrou Ronél Frier, is as die
wenklas aangewys op grond van die hoogste persentasie
ondersteuning, wat in hierdie geval 27% en 29 bloedskenkings was. Die individuele wenner is Damian Barnard, ook in
Graad R2, wat 10 mense aangespoor het om bloed te skenk
tydens die uitdaging.
Die wenklas, Graad R2, se deelnemers aan die jaarlikse
Adopt-a-Month Program sluit in (van links na regs van voor):
Simeon Boshoff, Damian Barnard (individuele wenner met 10
skenkings) en Anton Lombard. Agter is DR Swanepoel,
Delano Schoultz, juffrou Ronél Frier, Ronan Mkutu en
Dandré Leonard
Did You
Van die 88 persone wat bloed geskenk het was daar 22
wat vir die heel eerste keer en 14 wat baie lank gelede
geskenk het. Volgens Maryke Harris, skakelbeampte van die
Port Elizabeth tak “is dit bemoedigend om te sien dat die
bloedskenkersfamilie toenemend groei, maar die groot
uitdaging is steeds om die bloedvoorraad op aanvaarbare
vlakke te hou om in die groeiende vraag van hospitale te kan
Harris het verder gesê dat mense elke 56 dae kan bloed
skenk en dat die grootste sukses van hierdie program
gemeet kan word aan die hoeveelheid mense wat terugkom
om weer te skenk.
Your brain uses between 20 - 25% of the oxygen
your breathe.
Regional News | Port Elizabeth
Peer Promoter Year-end 2012
Cradock/Graaff-Reinet/Grahamstown/Humansdorp/Port Elizabeth/Uitenhage
by Msimelelo Lose, Donor Educator (PE Branch)
The Port Elizabeth Branch schools’ peer promoter year-end functions were held from the 15th to the 25th of October 2012.
These functions were social events to say “Thank You” to the Peer Promoters for the hard work they’ve put in during
2012, helping to organise and recruit for blood drives at their schools. These functions were held after school hours.
Games were played and prizes were awarded for participation in the project, where Peer Promoters received certificates and testimonials.
The inter-school overall floating trophy winners for the area were also announced at these events.
The overall trophy winners for 2012 were:
Overall trophy winners
Marlow Agricultural School
Graaff Reinet
Union High School
Graeme College
Nico Malan High School
Port Elizabeth
St Dominics Priory
Muir College
Cradock Peer Promoters
Cradock High School
Graaff Reinet Peer Promoters
Graaff Reinet Peer Promoters
Union High School
Hoër Volkskool
Peer Promoter Year-end 2012 continued
Graaff Reinet Peer Promoters
Humansdorp Peer Promoters
Spandau High School
Nico Malan High School
Humansdorp Peer Promoters
Uitenhage Peer Promoters
Humansdorp Senior Secondary School
Muir College
Uitenhage Peer Promoters
Port Elizabeth Peer Promoters
Despatch High School
St Dominics Priory
Peer Promoter Year-end 2012 continued
Port Elizabeth Peer Promoters
Port Elizabeth Peer Promoters
Grey High School
St Thomas High School
Chow! Chow! Chow!
A-Team (PE Marketing)
Regional News | KZN
The Gift of Life
– the Jordan du Plessis Story
by Gail Nothard
Jordan, 12 years old, has quite a story to tell. Jordan has
received more than 300 blood transfusions and blood
products over the last eight years.
The portal vein runs into the liver and there is a blood
clot where this vein meets the liver, resulting in blood
not flowing in its natural path through the portal vein to
the liver. The result of this is that the blood cannot get
through the blockage, forcing blood back up the portal
vein and into the oesophagus. Because there is
nowhere for the blood to go from here, varicose veins
are formed in the oesophagus while it looks for somewhere to go – creating its own path. Once in the
oesophagus, these veins enlarge and eventually burst,
causing bleeding via the stomach and then through the
mouth or stools.
Jordan’s mom, Lisa, tells the story of when their nightmare began on the 24th of February 2004. Aged just 3
years and 4 months, Jordan was rushed to a Durban
hospital after a day of diarrhoea and vomiting blood …
and so the investigative surgery began.
The investigation showed that Jordan had Oesophageal Varices. This is a condition likened to Alagille
Syndrome which includes a heart defect, butterflied
spine, deep set eyes and slightly lower set ears (pixielike features). Jordan spent three months in ICU during
which time he had to undergo operations, blood and
platelet transfusions. There are three causes for this
condition, namely alcoholism, liver dysfunction and
portal hypertension. In Jordan’s case, when mom Lisa
was six months pregnant, she had a ruptured gallbladder which resulted in septicaemia. Lisa dehydrated and
they assume that Jordan dehydrated in-utero which
resulted in his portal vein blocking.
The result was that his Hb levels dropped, leaving his
Hb level at 3 compared with a normal level of 12. This
needed an immediate blood transfusion. During the
transfusion, the doctors had to operate and seal the
varicose veins to stop the bleeding. After the banding of
the veins, there is a risk of further bleeding within five
days of the surgery.
This has been going on for the last eight years of
Jordan’s life. Six years ago he had a shunt inserted
between his liver and portal vein to alleviate the pressure and he is also on beta-blockers.
With this disease, if patients were to survive the first nine
bleeds, the tenth will normally result in their death.
Jordan has had nearly 200 bleeds. His paediatrician, Dr
Roos, said to Lisa “no-one could have looked after
Jordan better than you did and that’s a fact. You have
been an amazing and slightly crazy mom – he is only
here because of your tireless dedication.”
So far, Jordan has not had varices bleed in four years,
but he has required ongoing blood transfusions as his
condition causes anaemia and he has periodic stomach bleeds.
The Gift of Life – the Jordan du Plessis Story continued
Lisa has been told that as Jordan reaches puberty, the
portal hypertension will disappear. The hope is that by
the time he is a teenager he will be 100% well. He also
has a heart condition and an operation is planned for
next year. The condition caused perforated ear drums
which has left Jordan partially deaf. This can also be
fixed when he is 15 years of age. There are numerous
other side effects from all the operations, such as
muscle tone and core muscle issues, which means
Jordan needs regular physiotherapy. Jordan attends
the Open Air School due to his deafness. His IQ was
recently checked and scored 148 – a superior IQ. The
positive news is that after seven years of hell, his prognosis is extremely positive.
Lisa says: “Without a doubt – if he had not had the 300
odd blood transfusions and platelets – he would not be
here today.” When her son was three years old, Lisa was
told to say goodbye to him, but she would not accept
“My little boy is a real fighter and thanks to his doctor
and all the blood donors out there, he is still here today
with a great future prognosis”.
Lisa has written a book which has recently been launched, titled The Gift of Life. She has dedicated the book to
blood donors and the dedication reads:
This manuscript is dedicated to all the blood donors without whom Jordan would not be here today.
It is a testament to the selfless act of giving, which goes unrewarded, but is so crucial in so many lives every day.
It is a huge thank you to all of these donors and all at SANBS who give selflessly of their time to give to others a
simple gift – the gift of life sustained.
These people have given me a precious gift. The gift of the life of Jordan.
Did You
Adequate supply of safe blood can only be
assured through regular donation by voluntary
unpaid blood donors, because the prevalence of
bloodborne infections is lowest among these
donors. It is higher among donors who give blood
only as a replacement when it is required for a
family and among those who give blood for
money or other forms of payment.
International News | United Kingdom | Bermuda | China
International Blood News
by Irene van Schalkwyk
United Kingdom
25 September 2012
Blood donation interval study
Blood donors in the United Kingdom were invited to take part in a study which
could shape the future of blood donation nationally and internationally, providing a
personalised service for donors. The study, called INTERVAL, will be taking place at
25 fixed donor centres. It will be the first study of its kind in the world and will gather
evidence from 50 000 blood donors to see if the length of time between blood
donations can be tailored to individual donors, based on factors such as age,
weight, diet and inherited factors. It is hoped that this new research will provide
definitive scientific data to inform optimum donation frequency. Ultimately the aim
is to make giving blood even easier by providing more opportunities for a person
to donate, while at the same time keeping them safe from anaemia.
15 August 2012
Prisoners want right to give blood
A group of prisoners in Westgate, Bermuda has launched a campaign to allow
serving inmates to donate blood. Hospital policy currently prevents them from
doing so, but a support group called Lifeline, run by men serving life sentences,
hopes to overturn the ban. The group's members say they want to do something
good for the community. A spokesperson for the Bermuda Hospital Board said:
“BHB confirms its Blood Donor Centre cannot accept blood donations from
inmates, as they are considered a high risk group and are, therefore, not eligible to
donate. Violating these standards by receiving blood donations from high risk
groups would result in the loss of our accreditation, and more importantly, would
jeopardise the safety of patients receiving blood.”
23 February 2012
Shorter intervals between donations
China’s Ministry of Health has amended its Whole Blood and Component Donor
Selection Requirement in response to a shortage of donated blood, which continues to be a problem in China despite Government’s efforts to raise people’s
awareness about the need for blood. The new requirement increases the maximum age for donors by five years to 60. The intervals between an individual’s donations have also been adjusted. The platelet collection interval has been reduced
from four to two months, with the total number of donations limited to no more than
24 within a year, while the interval between a whole blood donation and platelet
donation is now a minimum of three months.
International News | Dubai
International Blood News
by Dr Neo Moleli, Lead Consultant Donor Services
South African Haemovigilance Team in Dubai with the rest of the world!
The South African Haemovigilance Team, represented by Dr Neo Moleli and Sr Francis Ledwaba, was amongst a
total of around 150 participants from 47 countries that attended the World Health Organisation (WHO) Consultation
on Haemovigilance held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from the 20th to 22nd November 2012. The consultation was
jointly organised by the WHO‐HQ/Geneva, the Sharjah Blood Transfusion and Research Centre and the Government
of the United Arab Emirates in collaboration with the International Haemovigilance Network (IHN) and the International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT).
Participants included senior policy makers from ministries of health, representatives from key institutions, agencies
and stakeholders in establishing haemovigilance systems – at national, regional or hospital level, e.g. blood services,
public health institutions, hospitals, regulatory agencies and professional bodies. The three-day consultation
included presentations, group discussions and the identification of priorities for action and recommendations to
different stakeholders.
The SA team received two awards in recognition of their annual active participation in the IHN and their contribution
to the ISTARE data submission since 2006. The one award was presented to Dr Mpuntsha and the other to
Dr Ingram upon the team’s return from Dubai. We would like to thank our Executive Team for granting us the opportunity to be a part of the successful WHO Haemovigilance Consultation 2012.
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Where Can I Donate?
Beacon Bay Blood Donor Centre
Cleary Park Blood Donor Centre
East London Donor Centre
Mthatha Blood Donor Centre
Port Elizabeth Blood Donor Centre
Port Elizabeth Special Donor Services
Queenstown Blood Donor Centre
Uitenhage Blood Donor Centre
Walker Drive Blood Donor Centre
Kathu Blood Donor Centre
Kimberley Blood Donor Centre
Upington Blood Donor Centre
Bethlehem Blood Donor Centre
Bloemfontein Blood Donor Centre
Free State University Blood Donor Centre
Kroonstad Blood Donor Centre
Southern Centre Blood Donor Centre
Victorian Square Blood Donor Centre
Welkom Blood Donor Centre
Alberton Blood Donor Centre
Auckland Park Donor Centre
Auckland Park Autologous Centre
Auckland Park Platelet Centre
Atterbury Blood Donor Centre
Bedfordview Blood Donor Centre
Benoni Blood Donor Centre
Boksburg Blood Donor Centre
Centurion Blood Donor Centre
Craighall Blood Donor Centre
Florida Blood Donor Centre
Germiston Blood Donor Centre
Krugersdorp Blood Donor Centre
Lenasia Blood Donor Centre
Linksfield Blood Donor Centre
Maponya Blood Donor Centre
Midrand Blood Donor Centre
Northgate Blood Donor Centre
Southdale Blood Donor Centre
Westgate Blood Donor Centre
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Wonder Park Blood Donor Centre
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Chatsworth Blood Donor Centre
Hayfields Blood Donor Centre
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Musgrave Blood Donor Centre
Newcastle Donor Centre
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