Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

ON be­half of the Aus­tralian Red Cross Blood Ser­vice, I ex­tend my heart­felt thanks to the Perth com­mu­nity for its over­whelm­ing re­sponse to our call for more blood donors over the fes­tive sea­son.

In the three days lead­ing into New Year’s Eve, more than 1500 gen­er­ous peo­ple, many of whom had never do­nated blood be­fore, called in to make an ap­point­ment to roll up their sleeves.

Ev­ery do­na­tion makes a dif­fer­ence to not only the three lives you have helped save, but also the lives of their fam­i­lies and friends who were able to en­joy an­other Christ­mas with their loved one.

I also ex­tend a huge thanks to our reg­u­lar donors; the one in 30 peo­ple who have made do­nat­ing blood a way of life.

Th­ese won­der­ful donors are al­ways there, even when we ask for an hour of their time on Christ­mas Eve or Box­ing Day.

Can­cer pa­tients, the par­ents of pre­ma­ture ba­bies and the fam­i­lies of those who suf­fered a trauma over the fes­tive sea­son will be for­ever grate­ful for the gift of life th­ese won­der­ful blood donors have given them.

Blood is a pre­cious and valu­able re­source and pa­tient de­mand for blood is con­tin­u­ous.

With one in three peo­ple ex­pected to need blood in their life­time, the need for blood never takes a break and dur­ing pub­lic hol­i­days more donors are al­ways needed.

The forth­com­ing Aus­tralia Day pub­lic hol­i­day is no ex­cep­tion.

I of­ten hear peo­ple say they would like to do­nate but just have not got around to it. There­fore, why not make it your new year’s res­o­lu­tion to save three lives in 2016?

It will cost you noth­ing but an hour of your time and the ben­e­fits will last a life­time. MARY HAUGHTON, WA donor ser­vices man­ager, Aus­tralian Red Cross Blood Ser­vice.

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