Blood donors wanted

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A stranger’s self­less act trans­formed Leigh Wal­lace from a drained shell to feel­ing like a su­per­hero.

The San­dring­ham woman had strug­gled with anaemia for more than a year be­fore be­ing rushed to hos­pi­tal with a dan­ger­ously low haemoglobin level.

She needed three pints (1500ml) of blood. Wal­lace says she can’t thank blood donors enough.

‘‘I hate to think of what would have hap­pened if I had waited just a lit­tle bit longer.

‘‘It re­ally did change my she says.

‘‘I was at quite a high risk of hav­ing a heart attack be­cause the blood wasn’t pump­ing through prop­erly.

‘‘I didn’t re­ally take it se­ri­ously un­til I got to hos­pi­tal and the nurses said: ‘ you don’t know how lucky you are’.’’

The New Zealand Blood Ser­vice is cel­e­brat­ing World Blood Donor Day with a mo­bile blood drive at the Auck­land Town Hall on Fri­day, June 12.

It needs to col­lect 3000 dona­tions each week to meet med­i­cal de­mands and must work con­tin­u­ously to re­new its donor data­base at a rate of more than 17,000 peo­ple per year.

Wal­lace’s Mt Welling­ton work­place or­gan­ises regular blood dona­tions.

Tru-Test Group site manager Neil Thomas says the com­pany has been com­mit­ted to giv­ing blood for the last 30 years.

It now teams up with neigh­bour­ing Coca-Cola Amatil New Zealand’s na­tional con­tact cen­tre and there were 88 donors at its last drive.


West Har­bour res­i­dent Jade Wil­liams was one of those who stepped up for the cause.

‘‘For me it was re­ally sim­ple – just jump on the chair, have a bit of a re­lax and then af­ter­wards have some bis­cuits. There’s just noth­ing to it re­ally.

She says it’s an easy process for some­thing that could save a life.

To give blood on Fri­day, go to the Auck­land Town Hall’s Coun­cil Cham­bers, 301 Queen St be­tween 9am and 2pm.

Leigh Wal­lace needed three pints of blood when her haemoglobin level dropped dan­ger­ously low. She wants to thank the blood donors who help save lives.

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