Red Cross calls for more blood donors
CAMPAIGN FOR EXTRA 115,000
THE Australian Red Cross Blood Service has launched a year-long campaign to attract an additional 115,000 blood donors.
The service needs more donors to help combat seasonal donor shortages during long weekends and flu outbreaks.
An estimated nine million Australians are eligible to give blood, but only 500,000 actively do so, and Blood Service spokeswoman Erin Lagoudakis encouraged more people to help.
“Blood donation has been a proud Australian tradition for 87 years and was born out of a need for lifesaving transfusions,” she said.
“The delivery of blood was time-critical and despite many advances that is still the case today, with some critical components unable to be stored longer than one week.
“Because there are times when donor numbers are traditionally low, such as longweekends and cold and flu outbreaks, we need additional donors to come on board between now and the end of the year to continue helping the one in three Australians who will need donated blood in their lifetime.
“If more people give blood, then it’s more likely to be there when you or a loved one needs it later.”
Call 13 14 95 or visit donateblood.com.au to make an appointment or for more information.