AFTER holding 20 blood drives in Ba, social worker Salochana Sharma has collected 294 pints of blood for the Lautoka Hospital this year.
She said after collecting 189 pints last year, the increase meant more people were now opting to give blood to save lives.
"Since February, I have been conducting the drives with the help of sponsors and the community has responded well," she said.
About 70 people arrived at her last blood drive for 2013 in Ba Town on Saturday, where 44 pints of blood was collected.
"We had one technician from Lautoka Hospital who was responsible for the drive but next year, I would like more technicians to come.
"This is because when a lot of donors arrive, the one technician usually finds it hard to cope and some donors get tired of waiting."
Mrs Sharma said some donors who often turned away because they were suffering from high blood pressure or other forms of sickness.
"For our recent blood drive, 10 people were turned back because the iron level in their blood was low."