Egging on new donors ahead of holidays

Brandon Bird makes a blood donation ahead of the Easter holidays. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d492147
Brandon Bird makes a blood donation ahead of the Easter holidays. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d492147

EDGEWATER Blood Donor Centre is appealing for good eggs to come forward as it attempts to address low appointments in the lead-up to Easter and Anzac Day.

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service still needs 247 extra donors at the Joondalup Drive centre before the holidays to bolster its stocks.

Blood Service spokeswoman Tiffany Gourlay said Easter was one of the most challenging times of the year to collect blood. She said people sparing just an hour of their time before the holidays could help save up to three lives.

“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,” she said.

“Cancer patients in particular rely on platelets to help them through their chemotherapy treatments.”

Ms Gourlay said they particularly needed more donors on Easter Monday when just six people were booked in to donate.

The Edgewater centre will be closed on Good Friday but open 7am to 2pm on Easter Sunday and Monday. Call 13 14 95 or visit www.donateblood.com.au.

 

Bone marrow blitz

HEALTHY adults aged 18 to 45 are also urged to take part in a Bone Marrow Blitz at Edgewater Blood Donor Centre this Saturday, April 13.

Carine father Gennaro Rapinese needs a lifesaving bone marrow transplant to help him beat acute myeloid leukaemia.

G’s Army is taking over the centre from 8am to 12.30pm, with appointments every 10 minutes to allow people to join the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry.

To book, email RSVPWA@redcrossblood.org.au with your name, phone number and preferred time.

For more information, go to the G’s Army Facebook page.