Make a date to donate: blood centre open six days

Geoff Burr (324th donation), Greg Griffiths (first donation) were the first two donors through the door on Friday.d407448
Geoff Burr (324th donation), Greg Griffiths (first donation) were the first two donors through the door on Friday.d407448

WA Blood Service spokeswoman Jessica Willet said opening the Joondalup centre on a Friday provided more flexible appointment options for donors living in the northern suburbs.

‘Donors will be able to donate all three blood products ” blood, plasma and platelets ” six days a week, Sunday to Friday, from now on,’ she said.

‘Blood donation is also a great Friday activity for local businesses. Encouraging staff to donate blood during work hours is a unique way to give back to the community and can be a fun team-building exercise.’

Mr Burr, of Koondoola, used to donate on a Friday at Whitfords but changed to Mondays when he started donating at Joondalup because Fridays were closed.

He said being able to donate again on a Friday would be of great benefit.

‘I work for myself and I do all my paperwork on Fridays,’ he said.

Mr Griffiths, who was making his first donation in 20 years, said being able to go to the Joondalup centre was ‘very handy’ as it was close to his Woodvale home.

He said having moved back to the Perth metropolitan area, he planned to continue donating on a regular basis.

‘I might need it,’ he said.

‘It’s a community service and a way of giving and helping others but also, the more of my blood that’s out there, the more there might be if I ever need it.’

Every week, Joondalup Blood Donor Centre needs almost 300 people to donate blood.

For more information about what is involved and where to donate blood in and around Perth, visit donateblood.com.au or call 13 14 95.