New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) is temporarily closing four of its regional blood collections centres over the Christmas holiday period for six business days.

“Be gallant, be great, be gracious” A video of a stirring valedictory speech from Christchurch’s Boys’ High School raced around the world back in 2015.

Josephine always knew she wanted to become a blood donor – the thought of potentially saving three lives with a single whole blood donation always appealed to her but a serious needle phobia kept her constantly at bay.

Avishta has been donating blood for nearly a decade despite her needle phobia.

Pharoah had never been seriously ill before – always healthy and an avid gym enthusiast.

If anyone understands the need for blood, it’s first responders – the incredibly talented and dedicated group of individuals first on the scene in an emergency.

Dion’s father went through a serious health scare when Dion was a young boy – an event that has now not only paved way for Dion’s profession as a firefighter, but also his commitment to blood donation for 30 years and counting.

Every day 6 children and adults in New Zealand are diagnosed with a blood cancer like leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma or a related blood condition – diseases that prevent the blood cells from maturing and functioning properly.

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