Children get educated on blood donation

The Blood Buddy mascot plays with the children who were part of the programme.

The Western Province Blood Transfusion Service joined in on one of the school holiday programmes at the Westridge civic centre on Tuesday July 10.

The WPBTS Blood Buddy interacted with the children, educating them about the importance of blood donation and reminding them to live a safe lifestyle.

Prizes were also given out to those who acted in a role play about blood donation and surgery and those who answered a few questions.

Jayden Harris, 13, from Westridge, said: “Giving blood is like giving a person the gift of another life which makes the donor that more special. It’s a blessing to be saving a life. Giving blood may be scary but in the long run you realise what you’re doing is for the good of others.”

The Blood Buddy promotions officer, Pamella Ntseke, explained, however, that children under the age of 16 are not allowed to donate blood and that you have to weigh over 50kg, must be healthy, strong, a non-smoker, non-drinker and 100% healthy.

“Knowing that your donation can save three lives is amazing as you have the power to save lives,” she said.