Blood donors needed in Edgewater to give life-saving gift this Christmas

Nigel Self (session leader) and Kellyanne Robinson (nursing assistant). Photo: Martin Kennealey
Nigel Self (session leader) and Kellyanne Robinson (nursing assistant). Photo: Martin Kennealey

CLOSE to 300 blood donors are needed in the northern suburbs this Christmas.

To prevent a possible shortage of blood stocks vital to the treatment of cancer patients, more people are needed to donate at the Edgewater Blood Donor Centre between now and New Year’s Eve.

To celebrate giving a life-saving gift, those who donate blood or platelets in December will receive a text message to let them know where it was sent.

All donors will also receive a Christmas gift tag to give to a loved one saying they’ve donated blood on their behalf.

Australian Red Cross Blood Service spokeswoman Jessica Willet said blood would be needed by road accident patients, pregnant mums, cancer patients and premature babies every day this festive season.

“At Edgewater more donors are needed on New Year’s Eve in particular, when just nine people are booked in to donate.”

Ms Willet said stocks of platelets – a blood component vital to the treatment of cancer patients – were particularly at risk during the Christmas period.

“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.”

The Blood Service is hoping to welcome 10,000 new donors this month to meet Australia’s growing blood needs.

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