THE Australian Red Cross Blood Service is calling on more locals to give up an hour of their time to donate blood this Australia Day long weekend.
Edgewater Blood Donor Centre still needs 45 donors to give blood between 7.30am and 1.30pm on the public holiday – Monday, January 28 – with only two people booked in so far.
Rockingham needs 35 donors between 8am and 12.30pm with only five people booked, Cannington needs 40 donors between 8am and 2pm with only three booked in, Fremantle needs 60 donors between 7am and 2pm with only three booked in, and Morley still needs 45 donors with only two booked in so far.
Blood Service spokeswoman Jessica Willet said cancer patients, trauma victims, people with bleeding disorders, new mums and newborn babies would still need blood this Australia Day.
“Australia Day is the perfect time to give back to the local community; there’s nothing more Australian than helping out a mate or three by donating blood,” she said.
“We’re particularly encouraging people who have never donated blood before to become local legends and trade places with our regular donors who are away for the long weekend.”
Every month Australia needs 8000 new donors to sign up to donate blood.
Visit www.donateblood.com.au or call 13 14 95.