Red Cross calls for more blood donors

CAM­PAIGN FOR EX­TRA 115,000

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

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.

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