Wits: World Blood Donor Day 2021
Written by Wendy Nemanashe on July 5, 2021
Supporting causes that make a difference in this world (no matter how big or small) is a challenge VOW FM is always up for. We pride ourselves in being a station that serves its nation and being the change, we want to see. Although we are still in a pandemic, we look to find where we can lend a helping hand. In the month of June, we were a part of the World Blood Donor Day celebration on the 14th, as we helped voice the importance of blood donation.
An Outside Broadcast dedicated to the day was held at the Wits Education Campus during #ThatLunchshow, a VOW FM Daytime show, hosted by Dimela “Dimz” Manoto & Nkosi Mnisi. During the show, there were a few donors who turned interviewees to have a chat with us on their experience with the donation. Not forgetting the participation of the amazing team delegated to this event, the broadcast was a success along with the blood drive held.
— Voice of Wits 88.1 FM 📻 (@vowfm) June 14, 2021
As we commemorated world blood donor day, South African National Blood Services (SANBS) has expressed concern about the number of blood donors in the country. Most people it turns out are still sceptical about donating blood. The majority have reasoned their fear of needles and some just dislike the idea of blood being drawn. However, we still encourage blood donations beyond blood drives and blood donation occasions, because according to SANBS a unit of blood only lasts 42 days after donation, and for this reason, it is important for blood donors to donate regularly.
According to research, only one percent of South Africans are blood donors. The SANBS did mention that the blood bank is currently stable, but more blood donors would be appreciated. SANBS aims to collect 3000 units of blood per day to ensure a safe and sufficient blood supply in the health care system. This means that potential recipients stand a chance to live through blood donation. Imagine saving three lives from donating just one unit. That is all SANBS is asking for. If you have donated and would like to be a regular donor it is advised that you donate again in 8 weeks.
The blood drive was not only hosted at the Wits education campus, hence, we also had correspondence for our broadcast at Campus square which was the second venue. This was for encouraging and updating our listeners on the purpose of the event. It did not just end with having reporters stationed, as Vow FM reporters spoke to some of the donors about the importance of donating blood at campus square in Auckland Park.