Red Cross calls for new donors

RED Cross suggests making a new year's resolution that not only makes you feel good, but is easy to keep – pledge to donate blood.

Each blood donation saves three lives.

“We all assume blood will be there if we need it, and at this festive time of the year, there are always more people using blood, than there are donors,” Australian Red Cross Blood Service's Belinda Haynes said.

“One in every three Australians will need blood in their lifetime, but only one in every 30 donates.

“That means just three per cent of the population donates blood.

“Your new year resolution could mean a new lease on life for someone this year.”

Ms Haynes said blood products have a limited shelf life; for example, platelets only last five days.

“Platelets are used to help stop bleeding and are needed by accident victims and some cancer sufferers.

Ms Haynes said the summer holiday period was challenging because less people donate but demand for blood stays the same.

“Anyone aged between 16 and 70 may be eligible to donate. It takes 10 minutes for the actual donation, and you will spend about an hour at the donor centre including having some free refreshments afterwards,” she said.

To make an appointment, or to learn more about becoming a blood donor, call 131495, or visit donateblood.com.au.



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