Be a mate and do­nate for Oz Day

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - By EMILY BAKER

AS the na­tion gears up to cel­e­brate the Aus­tralia Day long week­end, the Blood Ser­vice is call­ing on donors to roll up their sleeves to pre­vent blood stocks hit­ting a snag.

Perth Donor Cen­tre still needs 700 peo­ple to give blood in the weeks ei­ther side of the Aus­tralia Day hol­i­day to en­sure stocks for can­cer pa­tients, peo­ple with bleed­ing dis­or­ders and new mums do not run dry.

In true blue Aussie spirit, Michael Ce­lenza, do­nated last week.

“Donat­ing blood gives a great sense of per­sonal sat­is­fac­tion and feel­ing that you are help­ing oth­ers in the com­mu­nity,” Mr Ce­lenza said.

“In re­cent years my donat­ing has be­come in­con­sis­tent, how­ever I have in­creased my do­na­tions fol­low­ing a friend of mine hav­ing two chil­dren who re­quired blood trans­fu­sions.

“It re­ally hits home when you know some­one who is in need of your blood and I feel a sense of pride that I have helped another per­son, even though you may not know them.”

Com­mu­nity re­la­tions of­fi­cer Mark Brad­street said more Perth donors like Mr Ce­lenza were needed par­tic­u­larly this Fri­day as ap­point­ments were only a third full.

“That’s why we’re call­ing on Perth donors to help en­sure the na­tion has a con­tin­u­ous sup­ply of platelets, the short­est-lived blood prod­ucts that are vi­tal to the on­go­ing treat­ment of can­cer pa­tients.”

To make an ap­point­ment to do­nate, call 13 14 95 or visit do­nate­

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