Urgent call for blood donors

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Blood can be donated at the NZ Blood Service clinic in Epsom tomorrow. Photo supplied.

A social justice charity is encouraging New Zealanders to take part in their world-wide blood donation drive to raise awareness, save lives and break the world record.

Who is Hussain, who have a community centre in Pakuranga, seeks to motivate communities and individuals to act for the common good. The charity is partnering with various blood donation organisations across the world and are hosting blood drive in several locations.

In New Zealand, they are partnering with NZ Blood Service (NZBS) and will have blood drive clinics in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch tomorrow (August 27).

The blood drive in Auckland is located in NZBS’s clinic in Epsom.

Hundreds of NZ Muslins are set to participate in the day event, called GlobalBloodHeroes Day, on Saturday. The campaign aims to save lives and build greater awareness about the urgent need to donate blood.

GlobalBloodHeroes Day is a worldwide drive to rally 50,000 blood donors across six continents. Who is Hussain is also attempting to break the world record for the most blood donations in one calendar day.

The campaign hopes to save the lives of 150,000 people at a time when blood supplies are dangerously low.

Only 4% of New Zealanders are registered to give blood. In July, the NZBS warned that donations were low as the winter season impacts regular donors affected by the flu.

For more information, visit https://blood.whoishussain.org/.