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SASCOC lend a helping hand in Nelson Mandela Day blood drive
- Updated: July 18, 2015
South Africa’s Olympic governing body SASCOC played a vital part in the successful completion of a blood drive on Nelson Mandela Day in Durban on Saturday, 18 July.
The day marked the birthday of the late Madiba, a former President and national/global icon.
SASCOC and SANBS (SA National Blood Services) combined in the bid for public awareness of the vital awareness for blood donations.
An impressive 37 units of blood were collected at the Moses Mabhida Stadium as South African 2012 Olympic track cyclist Bernard Esterhuizen and national para-athlete Tyrone Pillay lent a helping hand.
Also there was South African national sports mascot Chukuru, who lent a helping hand.
Among the donors were some members of the visiting Commonwealth Games Federation member country delegation, visiting the city as part of an inspection tour for the 2022 Commonwealth Games bid.
There was great public interest in the drive although many were unable to donate for various reasons due to having travelled through a malaria area, having low iron levels, being on specific medication or being underweight.
Said shot-putter Pillay, like Esterhuizen, a resident of KwaZulu-Natal: ‘It was great to be a part of such an event and great to see SASCOC and SANBS collaborate to show support for the cause.
‘On this special day, Mandela Day, giving support and giving a person the opportunity of life by donating blood is what it’s all about.
‘It was perfect weather in Durban for this drive and good to see people coming out in support. I would have loved to given blood myself but unfortunately I’m in the middle of a flat-out period of training.’