Santa’s Se­cret out to donors

Kwinana Courier - - NEWS - Vanessa Sch­mitt

MORE than 250 blood donors are needed in Rock­ing­ham this Christ­mas for Aus­tralia’s big­gest Se­cret Santa ex­change.

To pre­vent a short­age of blood stocks vi­tal to the treat­ment of can­cer pa­tients, more donors are needed to do­nate at the Rock­ing­ham Blood Donor Cen­tre be­tween now and New Year’s Eve.

To cel­e­brate this Se­cret Santa ex­change, donors who give blood or platelets this De­cem­ber will re­ceive a text mes­sage to no­tify them where their Se­cret Santa gift is sent.

All donors will also re­ceive a Christ­mas 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, say­ing it was the most im­por­tant Se­cret Santa they would ever do.

“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 Rock­ing­ham, more donors are needed on New Year’s Eve in par­tic­u­lar, when just two 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 dur­ing the Christ­mas pe­riod.

“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.

“Your blood do­na­tion will be the ul­ti­mate gift to Aus­tralian pa­tients this Christ­mas and will have a far-reach­ing im­pact on the lives you save and the lives of their loved ones.”

The Blood Ser­vice is hop­ing to wel­come 10,000 new donors this month to meet Aus­tralia’s grow­ing blood needs.

To make an ap­point­ment or find out more, call 13 14 95 or visit do­nate­blood. com.au.

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Staff mem­bers Sa­muel Brown, Melanie Ko, He­len Bayet and Todd Mawdes­ley with pa­tient Scott Youger. Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

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