Give life

The 9th day of Christ­mas

The Australian Women's Weekly - - Initiative -

Some do­na­tions mean much more than money. Ev­ery Christ­mas, the Aus­tralian Red Cross Blood Ser­vice calls for peo­ple to roll up their sleeves and give a gift that could save a life. The hol­i­day sea­son is a dif cult time for the ser­vice be­cause many reg­u­lar donors go away or take a break, but the need for blood never stops and be­cause some blood prod­ucts only last a few days, con­stant re­plen­ish­ment is vi­tal. You can make an ap­point­ment to do­nate blood be­tween De­cem­ber 26 and 31 by call­ing 13 14 95 or vis­it­ing do­nate­blood.com.au

In South Aus­tralia, the Red Cross has launched a new ini­tia­tive to save the lives of vul­ner­a­ble ba­bies born too early. The Milk Bank de­liv­ers pas­teurised, do­nated breast milk straight to neona­tal nurs­eries in Ade­laide. “Breast­milk in­creases im­mu­nity, is high in nu­tri­ents and easy for [pre­m­mie ba­bies’] im­ma­ture di­ges­tive sys­tems to process,” says mid­wife ed­u­ca­tor Jen­nifer Gillis. For now the Milk Bank is only op­er­a­tional in SA, but there are plans to ex­tend it. Find out more at milk­bank.com.au

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