When giving blood, approximately 470mL of blood will be donated (7% - 8% of the blood volume of an average adult, i.e. approx. 1.5 cans of soft drink), plus 15mL for test samples.
It isn't every day you can do something to save someone's life - but that's exactly what you do every time you donate blood. Blood is a priceless gift - a lifesaver.
Even the best trained medical personnel, using the most advanced equipment can become helpless in the event a patient needs blood.
The gift of blood can only come from another human being ...there are no substitutes.
Blood is indeed something special. It can't be manufactured and it can't be replaced by animal blood. Yet statistics show that less than 4% of all possible donors in New Zealand actually roll their sleeves up and give each year.
Be one of those who make a real difference and donate blood every 3 months.
Giving blood doesn't just benefit recipients. Regardless of who you are, donating blood offers many benefits for donors.
It lets you:
Read about the people whose lives have been saved by blood.