Name game for donors

The Advocate (Perth) - - WHAT'S ON -

LO­CAL busi­nesses are be­ing en­cour­aged to re­move the let­ters O, A and B from their lo­gos this week in a bid to en­cour­age 100,000 Aus­tralians to be­come blood donors.

It is all part of In­ter­na­tional Miss­ing Type Day, a global cam­paign run si­mul­ta­ne­ously by 25 blood ser­vices which aims to re­cruit more vol­un­teer blood donors.

Nearly 40 per cent of Aus­tralians do not know their blood type, in­di­cat­ing many have never made a blood do­na­tion.

Yet more than 30 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion will need a blood trans­fu­sion or prod­uct in their life­time.

Blood Ser­vice spokes­woman Jessica Wil­let said demand for do­nated blood con­tin­ued to in­crease, mean­ing 14,000 new donors were needed in WA this year alone.

“Blood only has a shelf life of 42 days, and more than 25,000 do­na­tions are needed across Aus­tralia each week,” she said.

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