Secret Santa’s life gift
CANNINGTON Blood Donor Centre has appealed to the public to participate in a ‘Secret Santa’ with a difference this Christmas.
The centre requires more than 300 donors between now and New Year’s Eve to prevent a possible shortage of blood stocks vital to the treatment of cancer patients.
Donors who give blood or platelets will receive a text message to let them know where their gift was sent and they will receive a gift tag to give to a loved one, saying they have donated blood on their behalf.
Blood Service spokeswoman Jessica Willet urged locals to give blood and said it was the most important Secret Santa they would ever take part in.
“If Secret Santa is about giving anonymous gifts, then blood donation really is Australia’s ultimate Secret Santa exchange,” she said.
“Blood will be needed by road accident patients, pregnant mums, cancer patients and even premature babies every day this Christmas and New Year’s.
“At Cannington, more donors are needed on New Year’s Eve in particular, when just five people are booked in to donate.”
Ms Willet said stocks of platelets, a blood component vital to the treatment of cancer patients, were particularly at risk.
“It takes four blood donations to make just one bag of platelets for patients and they only last for five days, so donors are constantly needed to ensure cancer patients get this vital product,” she said.
Picture: David Baylis Donor services registered nurses Megan Gallagher and Janell Stout at the Australian Red Cross Cannington Blood Donor Centre.