New blood donors respond to call
The Blood Service issued an appeal for new donors before setting up its beds at the RSA in Kaitaia last week, and the town responded.
The service was delighted by the number of debutantes who offered to give blood in exchange for a cup of tea and a biscuit, while regulars played their part once again too.
They included Maraea Blair, from Panguru, who works and stays in Kaitaia during the week, who offered her left arm for the 23rd time. She was unable to claim a rare blood group, however, being one of the 38 per cent of New Zealanders who have O+, the most common of all.
The only disappointment for the service was that there were no volunteers to join the bone marrow registry.
Meanwhile, nurse Rina Mauinatu, who joined the service eight months ago, said she enjoyed the work, and also getting around the northern region, from Waiuku to Kaitaia.
She offered the inside word that this would be the last visit to Kaitaia that would serve Tim Tams with the post-donation refreshments, although she was sure that some other chocolate-covered biscuit would take their place.
Blood Service nurse Rina Mauinatu gives donor Maraea Blair the all clear.