Red Cross look­ing for blood boost over sum­mer

Townsville Bulletin - - Front Page -

TOWNSVILLE’S Blood Bank needs your help to main­tain a suf­fi­cient blood sup­ply this fes­tive sea­son.

One in 30 Aus­tralians cur­rently give blood, yet one in three Aus­tralians will need blood at some time dur­ing their life.

Townsville Aus­tralian Red Cross Blood Ser­vice Li­ai­son Of­fi­cer Bruce Muller said more blood do­na­tions were needed over the fes­tive sea­son.

‘‘We usu­ally see a spike in road ac­ci­dents around this time of the year, so we have been call­ing on peo­ple to play Santa Claus and at the end of the day they could save lives,’’ Mr Muller said.

Ac­cord­ing to the Red Cross blood do­na­tions this year are quite low com­pared to last year.

Mr Muller said blood had a ‘shelf life’ and some key blood com­po­nents like platelets only lasted five days.

The Red Cross’s latest ini­tia­tive is the Sum­mer Blood Boost which tar­geted groups around Townsville to do­nate blood.

Eleven groups have signed up for the Sum­mer Blood Boost which will last un­til Fe­bru­ary.

WHK-TCMSmithis one of the eleven groups and mar­ket­ing man­ager Paul Foti­nos said over 40 staff mem­bers do­nated blood yes­ter­day.

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BLOOD-LET­TING . . . staff from WHK-TCMSmith

are be­hind the latest blood drive

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