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Why Rachel donates plasma
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Imagine this scenario. A person you love is sick and they need some vital thing to live and get better. Imagine that you have access to that thing. You have the power to influence this person’s life for good, to change the outcome of this situation. Would you give them that thing? Or would you withhold it? Or would you be too busy to notice? What if that thing was simply an hour of your time?

Sometimes we seem too consumed by our phones, tablets or television to realise what’s going on right in front of us. We get busy with career, social life or exercise regimes to the find time to help.

This scenario happens multiple times every day in New Zealand, and we have the power to make a difference in people’s lives. All we need to do is invest a little of our time.
When you take the time to reach out your hand and donate plasma you provide the building blocks which are turned into vital components that save people’s lives.

He aha te mea nui o te ao
What is the most important thing in the world?
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata
It is the people, it is the people, it is the people

I love this Maori proverb and the simple yet strong truth it embodies - People are the most
important thing in this world, not careers, technology or your figure.
I believe people are precious and they have value, meaning and purpose. It’s all very
good and well to believe something, but to believe in something without taking any action seems to have little value.

Donating plasma is a small way that I get to show what I believe through my actions.
Getting involved with donating blood or plasma enables us to show through our actions
that people matter. When you give up a little of your time to donate, you provide the components that can be used to save someone’s life.

And who knows when you or someone you love might end up on the receiving end of this gift.
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