Help us save lives as we celebrate Darren's 50th Birthday Blood Drive!

Help us save lives as we celebrate Darren's 50th Birthday Blood Drive!

We’re celebrating Darren Maule's 50th birthday in an epic way! 

Blood drive on Darren Maule's Birthday #ECRBloodDrive
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This year, Darren wanted to do something special by giving back - and he wants to encourage you to join in!

So, what will we be doing for Darren's BIG FIVE-OH?

East Coast Radio has partnered with the South African National Blood Service (SANBS) to help us give someone a fighting chance by donating blood for Darren's 50th Birthday Blood Drive! 

Everyone deserves the right to life, so help us to reach our target of 600 units of blood.

So, join Darren, Kerri, and Sky on Thursday, 9 June, at Netcare St Augustine’s Hospital from 6am until 9am for Darren's 50th Birthday Blood Drive.

Then, from 9am, Carol Ofori will be broadcasting live from the same venue.

Join us and be part of something special - it only takes 30 minutes!

That’s Darren's 50th Birthday Blood Drive with KZN’s No.1 Hit Music Station - East Coast Radio.


Every year on 14 June, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day (WBDD). The event, established in 2004, serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank blood donors for their voluntary, life-saving gifts of blood. World Blood Donor Day is celebrated every year on the day of the birthday anniversary of Karl Landsteiner on 14 June 1868. 

World Blood Donor Day celebrations bring a precious opportunity to celebrate donors on a national and global level, as well as to commemorate the birthday of Karl Landsteiner (a great scientist who won the Nobel Prize for his great discovery of the ABO blood group system).


National Blood Donor Month 

It is because of people like Martie Van der Walt, who at 72 years old had made over 117 whole blood donations, that the South African National Blood Service (SANBS) is able to consistently deliver life-saving, safe blood to the nation. 

Every year, South Africa observes National Blood Donor Month in June to support the World Health Organisation’s drive to emphasise the need for a stable supply of healthy, safe blood and blood products. Moreover, this month-long celebration serves the purpose of thanking and encouraging people to commit to regular donations.

In January 2021, Mosa Mphore, a donor kidney recipient, entered the last stage of rejection. “My doctors decided to place me on plasmapheresis to stop my body from rejecting my kidney,” Mosa remembered. Following an initial 10 rounds of plasma transfusions, Mosa is doing well. “It was like a second transplant for me. The plasma helped to keep my kidney alive. I will forever be grateful,” he expressed joyfully.

Thousands of people with chronic and life-threatening conditions who have been given second chances at life join the SANBS in thanking blood donors, this National Blood Donor Month. These invaluable regular donations have given people like Mosa an opportunity to make more memories with their families.

Thandi Mosupye, SANBS’ Senior Manager: Marketing and Communication, expressed the organisation’s gratitude, saying: “The best gift you can give anyone is the gift of life. We know that South Africans have huge hearts and we call on them to fully embrace the spirit of unity under this year’s World Blood Donor Day theme, ‘Donating blood is an act of solidarity. Join the effort and save lives.”

SANBS applauds its regular donors, who ensure the target of 3,500 units per day is maintained. Mosupye added: “This Youth Month we are appealing to young, healthy South Africans to also take up the cause of donating blood and make it a lifestyle choice.”

Visit or call 0800 11 90 31 to find out where you can support blood drives throughout the month of June. Connect with us on Twitter (@theSANBS), Facebook (@SANBS), and Instagram (@thesanbs).

South Africa celebrates blood donors for the whole month of June, hence, National Blood Donor Month.

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