Spine Road High School tops in blood donation drive

For the second year running, Spine Road High School has topped the list of schools which have donated the most units of blood to the Western Province Blood Transfusion Services (WPBTS).

According to the organisation, the youth play a vital role in the sustainability of the organisation, and so they aim to forge good ties with educational institutions and set up blood donation clinics at them.

Currently, they have 117 blood donation clinics at educational institutions around the Western Cape, of which 94 are at high schools and 23 at tertiary institutions.

“We are delighted to share our top 10 schools in the Western Cape that have donated the most units of blood in 2018,” said WPBTS public relations officer, Michelle Vermeulen.

In 10th place is DF Malan High in Bellville (294 units for 2018) moving all the way up from last year’s 30th place. Ninth place goes to Bellville Technical High School (304) and in eighth place is Westerford High in Newlands (310). Seventh place goes to Livingstone High in Claremont (313), sixth place to Malibu Secondary in Blue Downs (337), moving up from last year’s 29th place, fifth place goes to Bellville High (378) and fourth place Punt High in Mossel Bay (395).

HTS Drostdy in Worcester moved back into third place from last year’s fourth place, collecting 434 units, 59 units more than in 2017. Fish Hoek High also moved up one position into the official second place, collecting 452 units, 40 units more than the previous year.

And Spine Road High in Rocklands took first place for the second year in a row, having collectively donated 537 units of blood, increasing their previous amount by 99 units, said Ms Vermeulen. They have also had the most new donors, being 236.

For more information on where to donate, SMS “Blood” to 33507. Donors can also call 021 507 6300, email info@wpbts.org.za or visit www.wpblood.org.za