SANBS and WPBTS blood drive

FNB NWU wins the inaugural Gaz'Lam Trophy

FNB NWU have claimed the Gaz'Lam Trophy in the first year of the competition after 8194 units of blood were donated in the university's name.

FNB Varsity Cup, SANBS and the WPBTS announced that FNB NWU have won the inaugural Gaz'Lam Trophy at the FNB Varsity Cup final, where FNB Maties beat FNB NWU 40-7at the Danie Craven Stadium on Monday, April 16.

In a scintillating end to the competition, FNB NWU took the lead in the last week of the competition to claim the trophy after trailing since the first week of the competition.

FNB NWU finish with 7949 units of blood donated, FNB Tuks is right behind them with 7721 units and FNB UJ claimed third place with 4908 donations.

FNB Varsity Cup together with SANBS and WPBTS embarked on a mission to increase blood donation amongst South Africa’s youth. Gaz’Lam is a popular slang term meaning “blood brother”. This year the FNB Player that Rocks wore pink shorts, which represented the blood donation endeavour.

With the competition now closed, the initiative has led to over 37 000 donors donating blood, specifically on behalf of their favourite FNB Varsity Cup and FNB Varsity Shield teams.  This monumental effort has helped save over 111 500 lives.

FNB NWU team received the auspicious and new Gaz'Lam Trophy at the FNB Varsity Cup final. The SANBS and WPBTS wanted to create a trophy to symbolize the formidable contribution that the FNB Varsity Cup and its fans have made to saving lives through blood donation.

"The goal was to make something unique, eye catching and symbolic which would resonate with the fans. A blood bag filled to the shape of a rugby ball was the final idea which was chosen.

"It was an idea of the trophy was born directly from the essence of the campaign and to resonate with the concept of #maketheteam in the sense that the tournament directly influences the lives saved through blood transfusions. Due to its unique shape, usual trophy making methods could not produce the correct result, hence why a custom-made 3D print had to be commissioned. All parties involved are very proud of the outcome and hope this inspires more participation in blood donation from the FNB Varsity Cup, the teams, the fans and the country as a whole."

FNB Varsity Cup Chief Marketing Officer Michael Varney is ecstatic with the contribution the partnership has made to the cause of blood donation and congratulated FNB NWU on their resounding victory.

“It’s phenomenal that the competition has been so well supported in its first year and that the communities behind the participating universities have heeded the call to donate blood. With all the support, we have saved in excess of 100 000 lives.

“FNB Varsity Cup would like to congratulate FNB NWU who have epitomised our theme of #maketheteam.”

You can continue to #MakeTheTeam by visiting the following donor centres:

Southdale Donor Centre
Shop 19 Southdale Shopping Centre, Alamein Road, Southdale, Johannesburg South, 2091 East Wing Entrance
Tel: 011 433-8414

Craighall Donor Centre
349 Jan Smuts Ave, Randburg, 2024, South Africa Colony Shopping Centre
Tel: 011 447-6665

Florida Donor Centre
31 Beacon Rd, Roodepoort, 1709, South Africa
Tel: 011 670-8600

Bruma Donor Centre
25 Ernest Oppenheimer Ave, Johannesburg, 2026, South Africa
Tel: 011 622-7153

TUT and Tuks
Hatfield Donor Centre
1122 Burnett St, Pretoria, 0028, South Africa Hatfield Plaza
Tel: 012 362-3344

Kolonnade Blood Donor Centre
Corner of Zambesi Drive Dr Van Der Merwe Rd, Montana Park, Pretoria, Gauteng 1st Floor next to Musica 
Tel: 012 548-1121

CUT and Shimlas
Victorian Square Donor & Apheresis Centre
31 2nd Ave, Bloemfontein, 9301, South Africa Shop 35, Victorian Square
Tel: 051 447-7246

Bloemfontein Donor Centre
11 Short St, Bloemfontein, 9301, South Africa
Tel: 051 400-6800

Fichardt Park Donor Centre
103 Benade Dr, Bloemfontein, 9317, South Africa Shop 4, Southern Centre
Tel: 051 522-7679

Musgrave Donor Centre
29 Musgrave Rd, Berea, 4001, South Africa
Tel: 031 201-3668

South Durban Donor Centre
27 Titren Rd, Durban, 4320, South Africa Southway Mall
Tel: 031 459-0986

North Durban Donor Centre
53 Adelaide Tambo Dr, Durban North, 4051, South Africa Kensington Square, Shop 24
Tel: 031 564-6070

Umlazi Donor Centre
50 Griffiths Mxenge Hwy, Umlazi, 4089, South Africa Shop 104A, Umlazi Megacity
Tel: 031 912-1259

NMU, Rhodes, Fort Hare, WSU
Uitenhage Donor Centre
2 Billson St, Uitenhage, 6229, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Tel: 041 992-4844

Walker Drive Donor Centre
Walker Dr, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, 6025, South Africa Shop U1, Walker Drive Shopping Centre
Port Elizabeth
Tel: 041 360-4161

Port Elizabeth Donor Centre
2 Buckingham Rd, Port Elizabeth, 6001, South Africa
Port Elizabeth
Tel: 041 391-8200

Berea Donor Centre
25 Pearce St, East London, Eastern Cape, 5241, South Africa
5241 East London
Tel: 043 704-8200

Potchefstroom Donor Centre
2 Esselen St, Potchefstroom, 2520, South Africa Shop 3, Henco Building
Tel: 018 297-0530

Wilkoppies Donor Centre
70 Ametis St, Klerksdorp, 2571, So Dieva Davanna Building
Tel: 018 468-6473

Klerksdorp Donor Centre
1 Brother Patrick Lane, Shop 7, Flamwood Walk Shopping Centre, Klerksdorp, 2571, South Africa Flamwood Walk Shopping Centre 
Tel: 018 462-0637/5351