Community-run blood drive gains momentum

Michael Beurlen donates blood alongside many others at the Riverside Shopping Centre on 2 September. He has donated more than 100 units of blood in his life so far.


The Making a Difference (MAD) team from NRG properties held their third successful blood drive at the New Beginnings Pilates Studio at the Riverside Shopping Centre on 2 September.

The MAD blood drive is the biggest community-run blood drive in Johannesburg.

Organiser of the drive, Gert van Zyl, said they collected 32 units of blood on 2 September, boosting their total collections to 119 units so far this year.

“Our aim is to collect 180 units in total this year. We thank Bryanston for supporting us. We felt that the drive went very well. Our donors came back and brought along their friends,” said Van Zyl.

Head of marketing at the South African National Blood Service, Debbie Foster said, “Community members are greatly benefiting from this drive. Gert is the anchor of the drive and we thank him for putting it together.

“This helps us keep blood stocks up, creates awareness in the communities and forms an important aspect of saving lives.”

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Van Zyl would like to thank the Riverside Shopping Centre and the studio for hosting the event and sponsors for their generous donations.

Details: Save the date for their final drive of the year taking place on 2 December at the Riverside Shopping Centre. For more information, visit the ‘M.A.D Blood Drive Bryanston’ Facebook page or contact Gert directly on 084 410 9242.


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Sarah Koning

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