Perth: 382 blood donors needed to bolster Easter supplies, with bookings low

Antonio Bergamasco (West Perth). The Australian Red Cross Blood Service needs 382 extra donors to bolster supplies for cancer patients and road trauma patients. They especially need donors on Easter Sunday and Anzac Day. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au   d492135
Antonio Bergamasco (West Perth). The Australian Red Cross Blood Service needs 382 extra donors to bolster supplies for cancer patients and road trauma patients. They especially need donors on Easter Sunday and Anzac Day. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d492135

HUNDREDS of extra blood donors are needed in the city to bolster supplies over the Easter break.

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service needs 382 ‘good eggs’ to come forward and donate at the Perth CBD donor centre, with an hour of their time helping save up to three lives.

Blood Service spokesman Dave Favory said Easter was one of the most challenging times of year to collect blood.

“The need for blood never takes a break, yet we know that donor numbers are traditionally low at Easter,” he said.

“A component of blood called platelets has a shelf life of only five days, so it’s important that blood is donated over and immediately after the Easter break.”

Mr Favory said cancer patients in particular rely on platelets to help them through chemotherapy.

More donors are particularly needed on Easter Monday, when there are just five people booked in to donate.

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