Blood donors urged to help fill the gaps

Joondalup Weekender - - News -

LO­CAL busi­nesses are be­ing en­cour­aged to re­move the let­ters O, A and B from their lo­gos this week in a bid to en­cour­age 100,000 Australians to be­come blood donors.

It’s all part of In­ter­na­tional Miss­ing Type Day, a global cam­paign run si­mul­ta­ne­ously by 25 blood ser­vices, which aims to re­cruit more vol­un­teer blood donors.

Nearly 40 per cent of Australians don’t know their blood type, in­di­cat­ing many have never con­sid­ered mak­ing a blood do­na­tion.

Yet more than 30 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion will need a blood trans­fu­sion or prod­uct in their life­time.

Blood Ser­vice spokes­woman Jessica Wil­let said de­mand for do­nated blood con­tin­ued to in­crease, mean­ing 14,000 new donors were needed in WA this year alone.

“Blood only has a shelf life of 42 days, and more than 25,000 do­na­tions are needed across Aus­tralia each week to meet pa­tient needs,” she said. “We need more lo­cal res­i­dents to sign up as blood or plasma donors.

“If you’re al­ready a donor, we’d ask you to please give one more do­na­tion each year; it re­ally does help.”

Ms Wil­let said blood donors of all blood types were needed ev­ery day.

“Whether your type is O, A, B or AB, with your help we can fill the gaps to­gether,” she said.

To book, go to www.do­nate­blood.com.au.

Alicia Grundy is a blood donor who is help­ing to fill the gaps.

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