Don’t be rude - re­turn your Blood Dude

The Tribune (NZ) - - FRONT PAGE - RICHARD MAYS

‘‘I’ve al­ways wanted to give blood,’’ Lani Bishop smiles shyly, ‘‘and to find that you can save some­one’s life by tak­ing half an hour out of your day is re­ally neat.’’

The 24 year-old, who works in cus­tomer ser­vice for the Palmer­ston North City Coun­cil will be one, she hopes, of many who re­spond to the New Zealand Blood Ser­vice’s sea­sonal call for donors. The com­ing ex­tended hol­i­day pe­riod al­ways puts an added stress on the de­mand for blood prod­ucts.

For peo­ple like Lani who work in the cen­tral city, giv­ing blood will be made that much more ac­ces­si­ble next Tues­day Oc­to­ber 20 when the blood col­lec­tion unit sets up shop in the Main St Con­ven­tion Cen­tre.

‘‘It’s been a few years since we vis­ited the CBD for a blood drive,’’ the unit’s Sue Rule says. ‘‘but with in­creas­ing de­mand for plasma prod­ucts, we feel the time is right to make a come­back. It’s an ever in­creas­ing chal­lenge to re­cruit blood donors.’’

Plasma, Sue ex­plains is the gold-coloured liq­uid part of blood that car­ries blood cells, wa­ter, pro­teins and clot­ting fac­tors around the hu­man body. Once ex­tracted, it can be used to cre­ate up to 13 dif­fer­ent prod­ucts treat­ing burn vic­tims, chemo and kid­ney pa­tients, as well as trauma and sur­gi­cal cases.

‘‘It’s in­cred­i­bly valu­able. It saves lives and is why it is of­ten re­ferred to as liq­uid gold.’’

To help lure more peo­ple, first timers as well as lapsed donors, to the Con­ven­tion Cen­tre, Sue has ar­ranged for 50 or so lit­tle red ‘Blood Dudes’ to be hid­den in nooks and cran­nies around The Square. Shaped like a drop of blood, the small cheery soft toy’s tag in­vites fin­ders to turn up to the cen­tral city col­lec­tion cen­tre be­tween 10am and 4pm.

‘‘We’re hop­ing that those who find them will be inspired to bring them in and do­nate.’’

If Tues­day’s not ap­pro­pri­ate, there’s al­ways the op­por­tu­nity to make an ap­point­ment by phone 0800 448 354 or online nzblood.co.nz.

Would-be donors should bring along some sort of iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, and should be be­tween 16 and 66, over 50kgs, and in good health.

‘‘It’s not about you; it’s not about me,’’ Sue says. ‘‘It’s about the peo­ple who need you and me. Lend us your arm and give blood.’’

‘‘It’s not about you; it’s not about me. It’s about the peo­ple who need you and me. Lend us your arm and give blood.’’ Sue Rule, New Zealand Blood Ser­vice’s blood col­lec­tion unit

PHOTO: MUR­RAY WIL­SON/FARFAX NZ

Gotcha! The PNCC’s Lani Bishop re­trieves a ‘Blood Dude’ from a hid­ing place in The Square. The red soft ‘haemo-gob­lins’ will be se­creted around The Square next Tues­day as part of a cam­paign to en­cour­age more peo­ple to give blood at the Con­ven­tion Cen­tre.

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