Give the gift of life
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.
Blood donor Paul Copeland will donate at Christmas.