As part of celebrations to mark the Seventh Day Adventist Church’s Global Youth Day, youths from the church donated blood at the City Hall in Bulawayo.

The day’s activities included street marches, lifestyle and health lessons on diabetes, nutrition and cancer awareness presentations.

With the commemorations running under the theme ‘Blood Drive’, the youths sought to reach the target of 500 pints of blood with expectations of surpassing the target high according to organisers of the event.

National Blood Service Zimbabwe’s (NBSZ) southern region public relations officer Mr Sifundo Ngwenya said the donation of blood by youths will help save many lives and is most welcome ahead of the upcoming Easter holiday that is usually characterised by increased demand for blood owing to a rise in road traffic accidents.

In his address to the youths that had thronged the Large City Hall, the Southern African division youth director for the SDA, Pastor Busi Khumalo highlighted the power that the youths possess in making a positive impact to the world.

Churches are among some of the easily accessible and organised platforms for the harvesting of blood and the general development of societies.