Die Boom, a local pub in Kuruman, hosted its 49th blood drive on Tuesday, 2 March.
According to the organiser, Jos Steenvat, who is the regional president of the Christian Motorcycle Association (CMA) of the Northern Cape, the drive was founded in 2013 by the El Gibbor Biker’s Church for the CMA. Over eight years later it has seen an estimate of 1 200 liters of blood donations.
The premise of the blood run came about when the bikers were thinking of another way to help in their community.
These bikers have always been active in community programmes, such as donations to old-age homes, getting money together for operations for sick children and supporting people in need.
Blood drives have also always held a special place in the heart of bikers.
“Being a biker is risky business, and we know that there is going to be a time when our friends are probably going to need blood when there is an accident, so we are helping our friends and the community in organising these blood runs,” Steenvat points out.
“We are saving lives and see it as a privilege in giving back to the community.”
This particular drive in Kuruman is open to the public and has the support of the South African National Blood Service (SANBS).
Participants get a badge of the run number to put on their leather overcoats.
Also, the owner of Die Boom and sponsor of the blood run in Kuruman, André Viviers, works on a “pint for pint” system.
For every pint you contribute, you can either get a refreshing cooldrink or a beer. Over the past eight years, Viviers has given an estimated 1 200 free drinks to the cause.
On average the blood run will collect 25 to 29 donations in one event.
“Hopefully I can assist in helping someone who needs this blood,” said one of the participants in the blood run who had contributed over 20 times.
The event is held every two months, with the next one schedueld for the first Tuesday in May.
For more information on the blood run in Kuruman, send an email with your query to email@example.com, and for more information on the SANBS, visit sanbs.org.za.