SASCOC will celebrate this year’s Nelson Mandela Day with a blood drive in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday, 18 July.
Madiba, the former President of South Africa and a national icon, is always remembered as a kind, giving man so it’s only fitting that this day be remembered with that theme in mind.
Accordingly, SASCOC will be working hand in hand with the South African National Blood Service (SANBS) and are urging members of the public, including as many sportsmen and women as possible (both professional and amateur), to donate to this most worthy and life-saving cause.
Indeed, some of South Africa’s top sportsmen and women have taken the time out of their busy training and competition schedules to be in attendance and inspire as many people to donate blood on the day.
A trio of stars who will be part of the blood drive are 2012 London Olympic bronze medal-winning canoeist Bridgitte Hartley, her fellow 2012 Olympian Bernard Esterhuizen (track cycling) and local para-athlete (shot put) ace, Tyrone Pillay.
Not only is Saturday, 18 July the birthdate of Madiba but it’s also the proposed date for the opening ceremony of the Durban 2022 Commonwealth Games, should the city be awarded the Games in September this year.
Saturday also marks the first of a series of visits to Durban by representatives of various member countries of the Commonwealth Game Federation (CGF).
It is hoped that members will also be donating blood to this noble cause.
Saturday morning (7.15-9am) will see members of the African and Asian CGF country delegations being afforded an opportunity to donate blood and then between 9am and 3pm SANBS members will accept donations for the public.
Says SASCOC CEO, Tubby Reddy, “We urge South African citizens to support this worthy cause and come in their numbers to donate blood on Saturday.”
“Again let us remember good deeds should not only be practised on Mandela Day but throughout the days of our lives,” added Reddy.
The venue for this noble cause is Shop 5, Retail Park, Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban.