Donating blood is an active way of helping others and the whole of society. Despite medical and technological advances, blood cannot currently be made. The only way of getting hold of it is via blood donations from people who give blood. Specialist medical staff are on hand at all times during the donation, which is a simple, safe and painless procedure. There is no risk for donors of giving blood, and it will help the patients in need. Safe blood saves lives and improves health. Blood transfusion is needed for: women with complications of pregnancy, such as ectopic pregnancies and haemorrhage before, during or after childbirth; children with severe anaemia often resulting from malaria or malnutrition; people with severe trauma following man-made and natural disasters; and many complex medical and surgical procedures and cancer patients. It is also needed for regular transfusions for people with conditions such as thalassaemia and sickle cell disease and is used to make products such as clotting factors for people with haemophilia. There is a constant need for regular blood supply because blood can be stored for only a limited time before use. Regular blood donations by a sufficient number of healthy people are needed to ensure that safe blood will be available whenever and wherever it is needed. Now, let us do one last check and you are ready to be a blood donor. Blood donation comes with a certain amount of responsibility, as well. You are influencing not only the receiver’s health, but, also your own. Below is a basic checklist for you to run through, so that you can be certain that you are ready: Are you 18 years or above (legal age to donate blood)? Are you of the indicated healthy weight & BMI? Are you free from all infections and diseases? Have you abstained from drugs, alcohol and/or other intoxicants? As a general rule, pregnant or menstruating women are not allowed to donate, in the interest of their own safety. All good? What are you waiting for - become a blood donor today to save a life and enrich your own! Blood is the most precious gift that anyone can give to another person — the gift of life. A decision to donate your blood can bring someone back to life, or even several.