Great­est gift of all

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Christmas -

AS the sea­son of giv­ing ap­proaches, Perth Blood Cen­tre is call­ing for 400 blood do­na­tions to avoid a short­age over the hol­i­days.

Perth Blood Cen­tre spokes­woman Jes­sica Wil­let said they were launch­ing a ‘blood blitz’ to counter a drop in donor num­bers im­me­di­ately be­fore and af­ter Christ­mas.

“Thou­sands of Aus­tralians will need blood this Christ­mas and New Year just to have the hope of spend­ing those mo­ments with friends and fam­ily,” Ms Wil­let said. “Can­cer pa­tients are the big­gest users of do­nated blood and rely on platelets, a blood com­po­nent with a shelf-life of just five days, to make it through chemo­ther­apy.”

Ms Wil­let said the cen­tre could not stock­pile platelets and needed a con­stant, fresh sup­ply.

“In par­tic­u­lar, we are ask­ing for more donors on New Year’s Eve, as cur­rently only eight peo­ple are booked in and we need 50,” she said. “If a friend or fam­ily mem­ber needed blood this fes­tive sea­son, you would ex­pect blood to just ‘be there’.

“It will only be there if oth­ers have made the gen­er­ous de­ci­sion to do­nate at th­ese crit­i­cal times.”

The Perth Blood Cen­tre will be open un­til 12.30pm on Christ­mas Eve and will re­open at 8am on De­cem­ber 27.

For de­tails or to do­nate blood, visit www.do­nate­blood.com.au or call 13 14 95.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d446967

Jana Gern­hoe­fer, Melissa Hei­derich, Re­becca Stephens and Daniel Cooper are urg­ing peo­ple to give the gift of blood this Christ­mas.

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