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Sir Graham Henry and New Zealand Blood Service Join Forces

13 August 2019

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Sir Graham Henry and New Zealand Blood Service Join Forces to Create the World’s Biggest Reserve Bench

#jointhebench

Answer Sir Graham’s call up and join the World’s Biggest Reserve Bench

New Zealand needs 100,000 people to commit to becoming a blood donor

There is no alternative to blood; blood donors save lives

Every 18 minutes in New Zealand, someone needs blood. For some, it’s the difference between life and death. Sir Graham Henry is teaming up with New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) and making it his mission to ensure the country is match fit by strengthening the nation’s most important team, our donor registry.

“Right now, less than 4% of eligible New Zealanders are blood donors”, says NZBS CEO Sam Cliffe. “Since 2016 our need for plasma has increased by 38% and is forecast to continue to grow. This year alone we need to collect over 70 tonnes of plasma. Relying on just 4% of our population to ensure lifesaving blood and blood products are available for all, is no longer feasible. If the country is going to be able to continue to meet demand, we need more people to rise to the challenge and help us build the World’s Biggest Reserve Bench”.

Ms Cliffe says all New Zealanders understand the need to have a strong reserve bench, it’s what makes our sporting teams so great. So, what better person to lead the rallying call for 100,000 new donors than Sir Graham Henry, a man who knows more than a thing or two about building a world-class reserve bench. A former blood donor himself, Sir Graham also understands the importance of blood donation.

“I think this could be the most important reserve bench of my career”, says Sir Graham Henry.

“When I found out so few Kiwis donate blood, I was shocked. We need more people to step-up and become donors. The more people that join the reserve bench, the easier it will be for New Zealand to keep up with current and future demand. We can’t continue to expect so few to carry the health of our country.”

Joining the Reserve Bench is not about giving blood right away, it’s a commitment to be there when you are needed. Reaching our goal of 100,000 people on the World’s Biggest Reserve Bench will maintain a healthy support system for blood and blood products for the entire country, one that’s on standby and can be called upon when needed.

“Prior to this campaign, only a select few could claim to have received a call up from Sir Graham Henry, there can be no greater honour than to be chosen to represent your country,” continues Ms Cliffe.

“We are asking for New Zealanders to respond to Sir Graham’s call up and join the reserve bench. Even if you are not eligible to donate, you can still help by encouraging your friends, family and colleagues to join in your place. There is only one way to build the World’s Biggest Reserve Bench, and this is by unifying the country and working together”.

Just like New Zealand’s other famous reserve bench, being part of the World’s Biggest Reserve Bench will mean you get called on when your country needs you most. So, will you answer Sir Graham Henry’s call up?

Join the bench

It’s really simple to get involved. All you need to do is visit www.jointhebench.co.nz. Once you’ve signed up, don’t forget to encourage family and friends by sharing Sir Graham’s video. Let’s build the World’s Biggest Reserve Bench, together.

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