‘Eggs’ needed to give blood

The Blood Service needs 110 more people such as Maddington resident Jeff Wenman to roll up their sleeves and provide vital blood supplies for cancer patients.

The 62-year-old has been giving blood for about 20 years and 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 centre is one of the State’s most poorly booked locations this Easter.

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

‘Platelets last only 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.’

She said every blood donation helped to 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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