Se­cret Santa’s life gift

Canning Times - - NEWS -

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.­mu­ni­ d489175

Pic­ture: David Baylis Donor ser­vices reg­is­tered nurses Me­gan Gal­lagher and Janell Stout at the Aus­tralian Red Cross Can­ning­ton Blood Donor Cen­tre.

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