THE Lifeblood Morley Donor Centre is calling on 200 people to donate blood over the holiday season.
The centre is running a Secret Santa exchange where donors will receive a card to give to a loved one to let them know they gave blood on their behalf.
Regular blood donor Ray Boyd (61), of Dianella, urged people to donate blood at any time of the year.
Mr Boyd has been donating plasma once a fortnight for about six years and has recorded about 86 donations.
After retiring from his sheet metal job two months ago, Mr Boyd spends his time on the golf course while maintaining his fortnightly trips to the Morley Donor Centre.
Lifeblood spokeswoman Louise Rowe said stocks of platelets, a blood component vital to the cancer treatment, were at risk during the holiday season.
“It takes four blood donations to make just one bag of platelets for patients and they only last for five days so donors are constantly needed to ensure cancer patients get this vital product,” she said.
“Your blood donation will be the ultimate gift to Australian patients this Christmas – and will have a far-reaching impact on the lives you save, and the lives of their loved ones.
“So this Christmas we’re urging locals from Morley and surrounding suburbs to take part in Australia’s Biggest Secret Santa exchange by making an appointment to give blood between December 21 and January 3.”
To book appointments, call 13 14 95 or visit lifeblood.com.au.