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ZOUTPANSBERGER Left: Mr Gordon Pinn of the SANBS awarded donors who had given 100 units of blood with the James Blundell medal and a Parker pen. From left to right are Pinn and Messrs Dirk Coetzee and Willie van Staden of Makhado (Louis Trichardt) and Mr Albertus Swiegers of Musina.

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By Linda van der Westhuizen Mr Abraham Swanepoel of Musina has donated an impressive total of 175 units of blood. He received the Coombs-Moreschi medal at the Louis Trichardt Donor Awards Ceremony on 18 August. From left to right are Sr Marilda van Wyk of the SANBS Pretoria office, Mr Swanepoel, Ms Dottie Pinn (SANBS Polokwane) and Sr Riana Vivier of the SANBS in Makhado (Louis Trichardt).

The South African Blood Service presented Friends of the Service awards on 18 August at the Avocavale Country Inn. In the front, from left to right, are Ms Grace Neluvhola, principal of Tshiawelo Secondary School, and Ms Hilda Ramusetha, organiser of the blood drive at the school, Ms Stienie Fourie of Louis Trichardt Primary School and Mr Brian Kalshoven of Musina. At the back are Ms Patricia Gerber, on behalf of the Vhembe Herald, and Ms Linda van der Westhuizen, on behalf of the Zoutpansberger.

Local blood donors rewarded Local blood donors do their part, said the South African National Blood Service (SANBS), although a shortage in the O-group still exists. “Blood is like a parachute. If you don’t have it when you need it, you most probably won’t need it again,” said sister Marilda van Wyk of the SANBS’s Pretoria office during an SANBS donor-awards ceremony held on August 18 at Avocavale Country Inn outside Makhado (Louis Trichardt). The SANBS collects 780 000 units of blood annually, with 2700 units of blood collected daily, and 768 250 units blood and blood components are issued annually. Despite the fact that enough units are collected overall, the demand for O-blood outstrips the collection. A total of 47% of the population is in the O-blood group, but the demand is 55%. The SANBS thanked all the donors of the area for their act of generosity to ensure that there is a blood supply for those in need of blood or blood products. During the awards ceremony, local donors received

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awards for reaching blood-donor milestones. Mr Abraham Swanepoel and Mr Andries Viljoen, both of Musina, received special medals for having donated 175 and 125 units respectively. Messrs Dirk Coetzee and Willie van Staden of Makhado (Louis Trichardt) and Mr Albertus Swiegers of Musina each received a medal and a Parker pen for having reached 100 units. Several others received awards for 75, 50 and 20 units (for those under 26 years). Together with Gauteng, Limpopo forms Zone 1 of seven zones. In Gauteng, there are nearly 71 donors per square kilometre who are eligible to donate blood, whereas Limpopo has only two donors per km2 with the potential to donate blood. In the year 2011/12, Zone 1 donated 27 242. Locally, 4 841 units were collected, with 2 945 donated by men and 1 896 by women. “Makhado (Louis Trichardt) and Musina do make a huge difference,” said Ms Dotty Pinn, the SANBS public relations practitioner in Polokwane.

Mr Andries Viljoen (right) of Musina received the Anton Heyns medal for donating 125 units of blood. The medal was awarded by Sr Riana Viviers of the SANBS in Makhado (Louis Trichardt) at a donor awards function hosted on 18 August at the Avocavale Country Inn.

Right: In the front is Ms Elizabeth Koekemoer, who is part of Club 25 for people donating 20 units of blood before turning 26. In the middle are the donors who already donated 75 units of blood. From left to right are Mr Jan Botha, Ms Sarah du Toit and Mr Louis Roux. At the back are the donors who had donated 50 units, Mr Brendon Clayton, Ms Mary Hattingh, Mr Darran Simpson, Mr Deon Geyer and Mr Barend Fourie.

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Local newspaper bringing you the news, sport and more from Louis Trichardt and surrounding areas in Limpopo province, South Africa.

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