Be a mate and donate for Oz Day
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 donateblood.com.au