Teenager rolls up sleeve at Fremantle Blood Donor Centre for the first time

Kirra Peterson (16) is one of the youngest people in WA to donate blood.
Picture: Matt Jelonek  www.communitypix.com.au  d464115
Kirra Peterson (16) is one of the youngest people in WA to donate blood. Picture: Matt Jelonek  www.communitypix.com.au d464115

AT just 16, many would expect Kirra Peterson to have typically teenage matters on her mind, such as having fun.

Instead, she is one of the youngest blood donors in WA.

Rolling up her sleeve at the Fremantle Blood Donor Centre for the first time just days after her 16th birthday, Kirra said she was inspired by her mother, who had been a regular donor until she was diagnosed with cancer.

“Her willingness to help people was quite inspiring – she chose to do plasma instead of whole blood donations for the pure reason of being able to give blood more frequently,” Kirra said.

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“I was amazed to see how easy it was to save three lives, but finding out that only a small percentage of the population give blood was an eye-opener to me.

“I feel that this is an incredibly easy way to give back; the process of giving blood is so simple yet each donation saves lives.

“To anyone thinking about giving blood, I say go for it’ it not only saves people but it’s also beneficial for yourself.”

With 40 donation spots available in Fremantle on Australia Day, a blood service spokesperson said just three appointments had been made and more were desperately needed.

Visit website www.donateblood.com.au or call 13 14 95 for details or to make an appointment.