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February is the month of love - it is the month we celebrate love in all its glory.  At the Western Province Blood Transfusion Services we could think of no better way to celebrate by donating blood.  We would therefore like to appeal to everyone to #ShareYourHeart during the month of love.

When you donate blood during February, remember to tag yourself on our Instagram page @wp_blood with the hashtag #ShareYourHeart.  We would love to see as many of our beloved donors’ photographs as possible.

If you don’t know where to donate blood, download our app, WP Blood.  It can be downloaded for free on all iOS and Android app stores.  It will show your nearest clinic and it will also show you, in real time, what our blood stock levels are.

Blood donation only takes 30 minutes of your time every 56 days.  It requires you to be between the ages of 16 and 65, weigh over 50kg, be in good general health and lead a safe sexual lifestyle.  It does not cause you any bodily harm, since only 475ml of blood is taken, which is replaced within 24 hours.  Please eat a substantial meal within the 3 to 4 hours that lead up to the clinic and increase your fluid intake before, during and after donation.  Also, please go easy on exercise after donation.

For more information, SMS “Blood” to 33507 and WPBTS will call you back with information on where to donate.  Donors can also call (021) 507 6300, e-mail info@wpbts.org.za or visit www.wpblood.org.za.  Like us on Facebook (WP Blood) or follow us on Twitter (@WPBlood) for interesting facts and blood stock updates.

Show you care, #ShareYourHeart.