While some people wouldn’t necessarily welcome the idea of weighing one or two kilos more, for Fiona, it actually meant she was finally able to fulfil a life-long dream of becoming a blood donor.

Blood donation is a selfless act, and for little Grayson of Waiuku, it was over 100 whole blood donations that assisted him in his battle with a serious blood disorder.

Harriet has been a regular blood donor for over a decade and has saved over 60 lives through her individual donations.

Prem Manoj was 20 years old when he first donated blood in India and since his move to New Zealand, he has realised how different the blood donation process is, but the donors he says, are just as selfless.

At his most vulnerable stage in life, an unidentifiable illness left eight-month-old Brendan constantly fighting infections.

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