Red Cross in Easter call to blood donor angels
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.
LIFE SAVERS: Jane Jansen of Bentley Park gives plasma on her 84th donation with the help of Cairns Donor Centre manager Kath Clifton.