Not too long ago, a friend of mine on shared a status update which originated from the South African National Blood Service Facebook page.
GOD BLESS SOCIAL MEDIA
The status simply let its followers know that at the time it had 4.1 days worth of blood in stock. Simple yet ingenious because it got me thinking; surely we all would donate more if the topic were more top of mind and if we were a little more informed of the process?
GOD HELP THE WORLD WHEN I GET A BEE IN MY BONNET
That said, I called a few friends and asked them if (told them that) they were interested in donating blood with me the next day. I also encouraged (blackmailed) my staff to join us. “Daddy can’t put no food on the table if he don’t got no job” I said.
Most of those I invited responded positively and commented that they hadn’t given it much thought before thus they hadn’t done much about it.
That was all the impetus I needed to like my own plan. The next day a whole load of us went down to our nearest blood bank to donate blood. You need to try imagine this though: a bunch of loud sods we were and certainly not your average kind of donors. We walked in loud-mouthed, bright-eyes and bushy-tailed and proceeded to make a royal racket. The staff were a little taken back at first but happy to have us none the less and even enjoyed the unexpected entertainment.
GOD BLESS MY QUAINT, HEART-WARMING STORY
There is a reason I’m telling you all this of course. People, at the best of times, are strange. There were a few who came with to donate blood but I could see they weren’t all that convinced of the process. They came mostly because I pressured them into it and because there was a fairly large group of us, so they felt inclined to go. That said, when we all got done, there wasn’t a soul who wished they hadn’t done it. All they needed was a little push.
Today, I’d like to give you a little push. Don’t just sit there and read all the while convincing yourself that this isn’t for you. I don’t want to hear how you don’t like needles either. That’s poor form. Spank on the bottom for you.
(INSERT NIKE SLOGAN HERE)
Donating blood is a very small cost to you in comparison to the value it offers the person on the receiving end. Just imagine a family member of yours was in a critical accident and needed a blood transfusion. Don’t you think you’d wish you donated then?
Yes, I just got serious with you. Let’s get over it. I don’t really want to guilt you into this either. I simply want to challenge you! Have you ever held off from doing something for a long time and when you finally did it, perhaps by chance even, you felt silly for waiting so long?
HERE’S WHAT YOU DO
- Do a little research – SANBS has a very informative website that is able to answer all your questions.
- “Like” SANBS on Facebook or “follow” them on Twitter – That way you will be reminded every so often that they exist.
- Get a group of you together and set a date to donate. You’ll be surprised how many people already donate and it’s harder to back out when there’s a few of you.
- Prepare to feel good. When you’re done donating, you’ll see what I’m talking about.
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