About 1% of the population or 42,000 patients are treated with blood or blood products in New Zealand each year.
"I'd heard that giving blood can save lives and now I know it."
After a brilliant day out fishing, I jumped from my boat onto the wharf and slipped. As I fell I impaled myself on a boat stanchion, right through my abdomen and liver. I was given 300 units of blood during recovery. That's what it took to save my life and it's why I'm telling you NZBlood needs your blood to save lives. Lives like mine, or someone you love or the mate you go fishing with. You never know who's going to need it. Please give blood." Brian Simmons.