Give the gift of life

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - 2016 YOUR GUIDE TO CHRISTMAS -

CHRIST­MAS is the time for giv­ing, and there are few bet­ter presents than of­fer­ing a stranger the gift of life.

More than 100 peo­ple are still needed to do­nate blood in Fre­man­tle this fes­tive sea­son as the Aus­tralian Red Cross Blood Ser­vice looks to avoid a short­age dur­ing one of the most crit­i­cal times of the year.

Blood Ser­vice spokes­woman Jes­sica Wil­let said the Christ­mas Blood Blitz was aim­ing to fill Fre­man­tle’s 130 empty ap­point­ments be­tween De­cem­ber 19 and Jan­uary 2.

“"With only six peo­ple booked in to do­nate blood at Fre­man­tle on Box­ing Day, we re­ally need more peo­ple from the com­mu­nity to roll up their sleeves this Christ­mas,” she said.

“Thou­sands of Aus­tralian pa­tients will need blood this Christ­mas and New Year just to have the hope of spend­ing those mo­ments with friends and family.

“Can­cer pa­tients are the big­gest users of do­nated blood and rely on platelets to make it through chemo­ther­apy.

“The prob­lem is platelets can­not be stock-piled, so we need a con­stant, fresh sup­ply as any­thing col­lected be­fore Christ­mas Eve will have ex­pired or run out long be­fore New Year’s Eve.”

Visit www.do­nate­blood. com.au or call 13 14 95 to make an ap­point­ment.

Pic­ture: Robin Kor­net www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d462918

Blood donor Paul Copeland will do­nate at Christ­mas.

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