Members of the United National Transport Union (UNTU) stepped forward to accept the challenge made by #UNTU trade union representative (TUR) Albertus Posthumus by helping the South African National Blood Service (SANBS) out of its blood shortage crisis by donating blood.
The latest #UNTU member to accept the challenge of Albertus of Transnet Engineering in East London is Petrus Barnardo, Chef Shedman of Transnet Freight Rail Queenstown Loco.
Petrus donated his 147th unit of blood. He started donating blood when he was only 16 years old. He has worked for Transnet for the past 35 years.
Albertus started the challenge last week because the blood stocks of the SANBS are currently amidst the Covid-19 pandemic critically low. The blood bank is urgently in need of groups AB- and O-donors to donate blood.
Every unit of blood can save a minimum of three lives as blood is separated into red blood cells, plasma, and platelets.
Albertus donated his 204 unit of blood at one of the centres of the South African National Blood Services (SANBS) last week.
He has been working for Transnet for the past 40 years and started donating blood when he was only 16 years old. He challenged all #UNTU members to follow his example.
Motshenete Radebe, #UNTU Branch Secretary in Bethlehem, also took Albertus up on his challenge. Motshenete donated his 29th unit of blood. He started working for Transnet RME in 2018. He is currently working for Infra Structure, Perway.
Zandile Khuzwayo, #UNTU trade union representative and Transnet Train Driver in Ermelo Diesel Loco, is currently working as a Covid-19 Coordinator. She took up the challenge and donated her 8th unit of blood.
Remember, your blood saves lives.
If you take up the challenge, please WhatsApp a photo of yourself donating blood to 082 463 6806 so that it can be posted on #UNTU’s social media pages. Let us show the world that #UNTUCares.