Dainfern Blood Drive: Help Keiran Kick Cancer
Keiran Ross Beveridge was diagnosed with Leukemia at just 8 months old. Keiran is currently undergoing chemotherapy at Donald Gordon Institute and will be having intensive treatment for 8 months to treat his leukaemia. Thereafter Keiran will have regular maintenance chemo sessions to get the disease into remission. During this time it is critical he receives blood and platelets as the chemotherapy kills off his bone marrow which produces healthy blood and cells.
Keiran’s disease has highlighted the critical need for blood and platelets in South Africa. The SANBS has a severe shortage and needs the support of the public to relieve pressure in the system. Keiran receives transfusions 2 / 3 times per week for his condition – without which he wouldn’t survive and overcome his leukaemia. Sometimes he has to wait a full day to receive platelets, which in the case of a seriously ill baby, every hour is critical.
We appeal to everyone that is healthy and in a position to donate to do the right thing and help not only Keiran but many other people in critical condition and in need of life-saving blood and blood products. A single donation can save up to 3 lives.
Dainfern Blood Drive
Dainfern Golf and Country Club is hosting a SANBS Blood Drive to support both Keiran and the thousands of other South Africans who need your help.
Date: 08 September 2018 and Sunday 9th of September
Day: Saturday and Sunday
Time: 09h00 to 17h00
Venue: Dainfern Golf Estate – DHA Admin Offices
We will have kids activities during the day from face painting to arts & crafts, including childminders to keep an eye on them while you donate.
Cupcakes 4 Kids with Cancer will also be involved in the drive to help raise awareness for childhood cancer. They do a wonderful job inspiring hope and helping families with a child who has been affected by cancer – a disease that affects the entire family structure.
We will also have SLA paramedics on the estate, for any assistance or education needed around blood supplies. SLA provides emergency medical services with their team of medical professionals who can provide a wide range of services such as pre-hospital medical and trauma emergency care, counselling, event stand-by, training of new staff and telephonic advice.
Spread the word
While you donate, use #TinyTheMighty or #KeiranKickingCancer to spread awareness on this worthy cause.
All About Blood: What you should know
Why should I give blood?
Blood is what keeps us alive. By becoming a blood donor, you are giving the gift of life, and considering that less than 1% of South Africans donate blood, every unit of blood is precious.
What are the benefits of donating blood?
Other than saving the lives of others, donating blood can also benefit you personally. By donating blood you:
- Receive a quick health check (the status of your blood pressure, pulse, iron levels, etc.)
- Reduce your risk of cancer
- Reduce your risk of heart attack
- Get a wide range of emotional health benefits
Why is my blood type important?
Not all blood groups are compatible with each other, and the success of modern transfusion medicine depends on classifying and matching donors and patients correctly.
All donors belong to one of four blood groups: A, B, AB or O. You are also classified as either Rh-positive or Rh-negative. There are therefore eight main blood groups.
Group-O blood is known as the universal blood type, as it can be given to patients of any blood group. Group-O patients can only receive group-O blood, and that is why it’s “O so special”.
Can I donate?
A person can donate blood if they:
- weigh at least 50kg; are between the ages of 16 and 65;
- are in good health; lead a low-risk lifestyle;
- consider their blood safe for transfusion, and had a snack or meal in the four hours prior to donating.
You must consider your blood safe for transfusion to a patient. We rely on donors’ honesty, so we ask that you do NOT donate if you have engaged in behaviour that places you at risk of contracting transfusion-transmissible infections such as HIV and Hepatitis B and C.
How often can I donate?
You can donate blood every 56 days, and committing to regular blood donation will assist in ensuring a safe and sufficient blood supply. Donating at least four times during a two-year period can help ensure this. The SANBS is lost without blood donors. Thank you very much for considering giving your precious unit of life-saving blood.
If you want any further information on blood donation, see the SANBS FAQ’s. We hope to see you at the blood drive this time around, and that you continue to support and donate to SANBS to save South African lives.