Red Cross in Easter call to blood donor an­gels

The Cairns Post - - NEWS - AN­DREA FALVO

RED Cross Blood Ser­vice is call­ing for more than 100 Cairns res­i­dents to give blood this Easter to pre­vent a sea­sonal short­age of reg­u­lar donors.

Blood Ser­vice spokes­woman Jac­inta O’Brien said the ser­vice needs at least 112 res­i­dents to give blood be­tween March 26 and April 6 to keep the na­tional blood sup­ply pump­ing for thou­sands of Aus­tralian pa­tients in need.

“Over the Easter long week­end and even in the days lead­ing up to and af­ter the break, we ex­pect many of our reg­u­lar donors will be tak­ing a well-earned break, pos­si­bly head­ing away on hol­i­day with fam­ily and friends,” she said.

“Un­for­tu­nately the need for blood does not take a break over Easter.

“Aus­tralian pa­tients suf­fer­ing crit­i­cal bleed­ing from road trauma and child­birth, and blood dis­or­der and cancer pa­tients, are all ex­pect­ing blood to be there when they need it over the Easter break.”

The Blood Ser­vice is en­cour­ag­ing Cairns lo­cals who have never do­nated be­fore or who haven’t do­nated in a while, to make a much-needed blood do­na­tion this Easter.

“All it takes is one hour: a short amount of time spent chang­ing the lives of three Aus­tralian pa­tients over this crit­i­cal Easter donor short­age in Cairns,” Ms O’Brien said.

Pic­ture: STEW­ART McLEAN

LIFE SAVERS: Jane Jansen of Bent­ley Park gives plasma on her 84th do­na­tion with the help of Cairns Donor Cen­tre man­ager Kath Clifton.

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