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“It isn't every day you can do something to save someone's life - but that’s exactly what you do every time you donate blood.”

Those words from New Zealand Blood’s website succinctly capture the essence of why it’s so vital and satisfying to give blood.

And yet it’s sobering, if not alarming, to read this: “Statistics show that less than 4% of all possible donors in New Zealand actually roll their sleeves up and give each year.”

This week Vodafone Warriors hooker Karl Lawton and staff were given an insight into New Zealand Blood’s world when they visited head office ahead of the club’s annual ‘Everyday Heroes’ celebration at Mount Smart Stadium tonight.

As the Vodafone Warriors prepare to host the Canberra Raiders on the field, off it the club is acknowledging the work New Zealand Blood and other organisations like it do in the community; the others being Fire and Emergency New Zealand, New Zealand Police, St John New Zealand, Surf Life Saving New Zealand and the New Zealand Defence Force.

The visit to New Zealand Blood was an enriching experience for Lawton and the club’s staff providing the opportunity to not only give blood but to also learn more about the organisation’s work and people at its national headquarters in Auckland.

The underlying fact is that so many more eligible people need to support New Zealand Blood:

“Even the best trained medical personnel, using the most advanced equipment can become helpless in the event a patient needs blood," says New Zealand Blood.

"The gift of blood can only come from another human being ...there are no substitutes.

"Blood is indeed something special. It can't be manufactured and it can't be replaced by animal blood.

"Be one of those who make a real difference and donate blood every three months.

"Giving blood doesn't just benefit recipients. Regardless of who you are, donating blood offers many benefits for donors. It lets you:

  • Help save the life of up to three people with a single donation of blood
  • Make a difference in your community by helping others
  • Develop a sense of commitment to and connection with your fellow Kiwis
  • Be assured that adequate supplies of blood are available for you, as well as your family and others
  • Join a very special group of volunteers.

To learn more about giving blood and whether you’re eligible, visit www.nzblood.co.nz