The collaboration between the Sunfoil Dolphins and the South African National Blood Service (SANBS) for the recently celebrated Mandela Day has been hailed a resounding success after the partnership yielded enough blood to save up to 330 lives.
With SANBS constantly fighting to overcome the challenge of critically low blood stock levels nationally, KwaZulu-Natal’s flagship cricket brand’s players, staff and avid fans rallied together to make their contribution to the blood supply service.
“We at the Sunfoil Dolphins are delighted have joined the global movement to honour Nelson Mandela’s life’s work and to contribute to changing our immediate world for the better,” said Sunfoil Dolphins CEO, Pete de Wet.
“We set ourselves the tall task of collecting 67 pints of blood during our two day campaign and we were blown away by the support we received from our Sunfoil Dolphins fans and the people of KwaZulu-Natal!
“We are ecstatic to have seen a staggering 110 pints collected at Musgrave Blood Donor Centre during our drive and we look forward to these benefitting hundreds of people in need of assistance,” he added.
Emerging all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo, Sunfoil Dolphins Stadium Manager Brett Proctor and Sunfoil Dolphins Marketing Manager Nana Zungu were amongst the hundreds of the Sunfoil Dolphins family in donating on the day.
International sensation and Sunfoil Dolphins middle order batsman David Miller joined team mates Divan Wyk, Khaya Zondo, Craig Alexander, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Keshav Maharaj, Mathew Pillans, Sibonelo Makhanya, Senuran Muthusamy and assistant coach Rivash Gobind as the players and coaching staff added their weight to the drive.
“It was great to be there with the Sunfoil Dolphins boys and to be a part of such a great initiative that actually saves lives!” said Miller.
“It was a privilege for us as a team to be associated with such a worthy organization like SANBS!” added Van Wyk.
An autograph signing session at the Musgrave Shopping Centre then afforded the players the chance to spend some valuable time with the younger members of their broad fan base.