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