Make a New Year’s Resolution to give the gift of life

At the start of each year, many Kiwis sit down and ponder some New Year’s Resolutions, often ranging from the sublime to the downright ridiculous (we’ve all done it)! Lose weight, run a marathon, give up chocolate, learn Spanish, take less selfies, take up cliff jumping, save more for retirement, get luckier at winning Lotto…

What about adding something simple, achievable and life-saving to your list of New Year’s Resolutions? If you’re eligible to give blood, NZBS would love you to consider lending an arm and becoming a regular blood donor this year. The need for blood is constant and not for just those who suffer a traumatic injury. Cancer patients, those undergoing surgery, people with immune deficiencies and bleeding disorders – all need the gift of life.

So why should you make becoming a blood donor your most important New Year’s Resolution?

  • Every blood donation has the potential to save up to three lives, so you’re literally giving the gift of life and becoming a real superhero.
  • It doesn’t require much commitment or take very long – giving blood only takes an hour out of your day.
  • It makes you feel good! Donors talk about how it gives them a sense of purpose and satisfaction, knowing you’re helping fellow Kiwis.
  • Be assured that adequate supplies of blood are available for you, your family and other New Zealanders.
  • Become friends with fellow donors and NZBS nurses who love a good chinwag.
  • There’s a refreshing drink and chocolate biscuit at the end of it!

And if you’re not eligible to donate? Not to worry! You can still help NZBS by making it your New Year’s Resolution to encourage friends, family and colleagues to consider becoming blood donors. NZBS is also always on the look-out for volunteers to help out at Blood Centres or mobile blood drives – click here for more information.

If you’re already one of NZBS’s wonderful blood donors, why not consider becoming a plasma donor? The need for plasma grows steadily every year. It’s a little different to donating whole blood. It requires a bit more of your time, as donations can take up to two hours, and you’re able to donate more frequently. Read more about plasma donation here.

To find out if you’re eligible to donate blood, click here, or call 0800 GIVE BLOOD.

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