Be a good egg and donate

Be a good egg and donate

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service needs 110 people to roll up their sleeves and provide vital blood supplies for cancer patients.

One ‘good egg’ who has been giving blood for about 20 years is Jeff Wenman.

The 62-year-old Maddington resident is encouraging more people to take time out of their day to help change someone’s life.

‘I started giving blood because I had friends whose son had leukaemia and my wife had breast cancer, so I wanted to give back to the community,’ Mr Wenman said.

‘It’s good to be able to give back to the community and you never know, one day someone from your family or yourself might need a blood transfusion.’

The Cannington Donor Centre is one of the most poorly booked locations this Easter.

Blood Service spokeswoman Jessica Willet said donations were badly needed from April 2 to 9.

‘Platelets only last five days and are vital to the treatment of cancer patients, who continue to be the biggest users of blood and blood products in Australia,’ Ms Willet said.

‘In particular, Cannington donors are needed on Easter Sunday, when appointments are only 20 per cent full.

Ms Willet said every blood donation helped save three lives.

‘If you’re unable to donate, join us on the hunt by encouraging family and friends to donate,’ she said.

‘And if you see any good eggs out there, don’t eat them ” we need them to donate blood.’

To donate blood, call 13 14 95 or visit donateblood.com.au.

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