New blood donors re­spond to call

The Northland Age - - Local News -

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.

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