The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) and Global Citizen announced a partnership to highlight the importance of donating blood #ForLife.
The initiative is aimed to motivate young South Africans to donate blood in order to earn tickets to the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100, a free-ticketed event on Sunday, 2 December 2018 at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.
Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 is to be held in Johannesburg, headlined by Beyoncé & JAY-Z, Cassper Nyovest, D’banj, Ed Sheeran, Eddie Vedder, Femi Kuti, Pharrell Williams & Chris Martin, Sho Madjozi, Tiwa Savage, Usher, and Wizkid
Save a life with just a pint of your blood
Most South Africans will need a blood transfusion at some point in their lives. Alarmingly, less than 1% of South Africans regularly donate blood. One person donating blood can save a minimum of three lives.
Adding to this, a whole generation is being lost to the donor community due to aging and accompanying health challenges. With an older generation unable to donate, millennials and younger adults are increasingly crucial to our country’s future blood sustainability.
“Despite SA’s youth forming almost 50% of the population, we are critically low on donors. To increase donations, we have partnered with Global Citizen to engage the youth to donate between now and 22 November 2018 to earn tickets to the Global Citizen Festival Mandela 100. It is our sincere hope that they will continue to donate once the Mandela 100 campaign is over and truly prove themselves as the generation that saves lives,” says Silungile Mlambo, spokesperson for The South African National Blood Service.
“Health is a basic need and those living in extreme poverty rely on government resources to help them when necessities like blood transfusions are needed. Reserves in South Africa are at critically low levels, those who are not able to go to private hospitals suffer the most. We are thrilled to support this initiative and encourage Global Citizens to make regular blood donations their responsibility. It just takes 20 minutes, and with blood drives all over the country, it’s never been easier. What’s more, one unit of blood can potentially save three lives,” said Thato Noinyane, Global Citizen Partnerships Manager.
To earn tickets to the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 on 02 December 2018, donors can take action and give critically needed blood.
Participants can visit any SANBS donor centre or mobile drive in South Africa until 22 November 2018. By donating blood during this time, SANBS blood donors stand to earn two tickets each, including flights (for donors outside of Gauteng), accommodation, dinner and breakfast the following morning, with transfers to and from the Festival.
For full details on how and where to donate to earn your tickets, visit https://sanbs.org.za/donor-centres/. Winners will be contacted via telephone on 26 November 2018.
About South African National Blood Service (SANBS): The SANBS is a non-profit organisation, as an incorporated company not for gain, and receives no funding from the government. With 2 265 employees, 27 branches, 86 permanent collection site and 21 177 mobile blood drives, the SANBS manages blood supply and provides products and services to South African parties in all provinces except for the Western Cape.
About: Global Citizen is a social action platform for a global generation that wants to solve the world’s biggest challenges. On the platform Global Citizens can learn about issues, take action on what matters most and join a community committed to social change. We believe we can end extreme poverty by 2030, because of the collective actions of Global Citizens across the world. Over the last five years, Global Citizens around the world have taken over six million actions to solve the world’s biggest challenges. To date, the actions by our global community have resulted in 120 commitments and policy announcements from leaders, including financial aid valued at over $25 billion that will directly impact the lives of 656 million people.
For more information, please engage with SANBS and Global Citizen on Twitter and Facebook, using #ForLife @SANBS @TheSANBS #GlobalCitizenFestivalSA #BetheGeneration