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Thank you blood donors for giving Kiwis a second chance

Thank you blood donors for giving Kiwis a second chance at life

World Blood Donor Day – celebrated Friday 12 June 2015

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Click here to watch how blood donors gave Geoff a second chance at life

This World Blood Donor Day, join New Zealand Blood Service in saying a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to all of New Zealand’s 109,000 blood donors for giving fellow Kiwis a second chance at life.

On average, blood and blood products are used by 135 Kiwis every single day. For many, it quite simply means the difference between life and death.

The generosity of strangers saved Geoff Joe’s life after a mountain biking accident left him fighting for his life and in a coma for five days. He is just one of thousands of ordinary Kiwis who have been given a second chance at life, thanks to the generosity of blood donors across the country.

“People think that donated blood is only used by trauma patients like Geoff, whereas the reality is that blood and blood products help so many more; from cancer patients, burns victims, mothers giving birth, people with immune deficiencies, to those needing a bone marrow transplant or organ donation,” says Asuka Burge, National Manager Marketing and Communications for New Zealand Blood Service.

“This World Blood Donor Day, we would love more New Zealanders to step up and consider becoming somebody’s hero. Every year we lose approximately 29,000 donors off our database, so we always need new donors to fill this gap.”

Sign up to become a blood donor and give someone a second chance at life by visiting or call 0800 GIVE BLOOD.

This World Blood Donor Day, say thank you to New Zealand’s generous blood donors who help give fellow Kiwis a second chance at life by visiting


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