Do­nate on race day

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business -

NOT ev­ery­one is a win­ner on Mel­bourne Cup day, with less than half the nec­es­sary blood do­na­tions booked in on Novem­ber 3.

The Perth Blood Donor Cen­tre had al­most 100 ap­point­ments avail­able on the big­gest race day on the Aus­tralian cal­en­dar.

Perth Blood Donor Cen­tre spokes­woman Jes­sica Wil­let said while most peo­ple loved to place a bet on the Mel­bourne Cup, the odds of some­one need­ing blood were high.

“One in three Aus­tralians will need blood or a blood prod­uct in their life­time, yet only one in 30 do­nates,” Ms Wil­let said.

“The Mel­bourne Cup is the race that stops the na­tion but it shouldn’t be the race that stops do­na­tion.”

Ms Wil­lett said Aus­tralia needed more than 25,000 blood do­na­tions each week to meet pa­tient needs.

“We’re ask­ing peo­ple to con­sider hedg­ing their bets this Mel­bourne Cup by do­nat­ing blood to en­sure the sup­ply of this life-sav­ing gift,” she said.

“Our donor cen­tre has plenty of TVs, which means that you can still catch the race while sav­ing lives.”

To do­nate blood, call 13 14 95.

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