Cockburn Gazette - - CHRISTMAS -

GIVE the gift of life this Christ­mas by do­nat­ing at the Fre­man­tle Blood Donor Cen­tre over the Christ­mas and New Year pe­riod.

Close to 100 do­na­tions are still needed to pre­vent a short­age of blood prod­ucts used to help treat can­cer pa­tients.

Blood Ser­vice spokesper­son Jes­sica Wil­let said reg­u­lar donors were among mil­lions around the coun­try tak­ing hol­i­days be­tween Christ­mas and New Year, lead­ing to a “wor­ry­ing drop” in donor num­bers.

“Thou­sands of Aus­tralians will need blood this Christ­mas and New Year just to have the hope of spend­ing those mo­ments with friends and fam­ily,” she said.

“Can­cer pa­tients are the big­gest users of do­nated blood and rely on platelets to make it through chemo­ther­apy.

"The prob­lem is platelets can­not be stock­piled, so we need a con­stant, fresh sup­ply.”

Do­na­tions are par­tic­u­larly needed be­tween De­cem­ber 23 and 31. Call 13 14 95 to make an ap­point­ment.

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