Rush on for Christmas blood donors

Nurse Rozanne Mills with donor Colin Hartnett.
Nurse Rozanne Mills with donor Colin Hartnett.

Cancer patients use more than 10 times the amount of blood road trauma victims do, yet most Australians do not realise it, according to Blood Service research.

The disparity comes as the Blood Service launches a Blood Blitz in the lead-up to Christmas, to raise awareness of the crucial need for blood.

Residents are urged to respond to the call by making an appointment to donate at the Donormobile when it visits Mandurah Centro shopping centre from Monday, December 9 until Friday, December 13.

Blood Service spokesperson Jessica Willet said despite one in three people needing blood in their lifetime, marketing research showed 40 per cent of Australians who did not give blood believed they were unlikely to need it.

‘Cancer patients are by far the most prolific users of blood, accounting for 34 per cent of Australia’s stock each year and rely on it to make it through chemotherapy,” she said.

‘We know the lead- up to Christmas is a very busy time of year, but just an hour of time can help someone’s loved one spend another Christmas with their family.

The Donormobile will be at Mandurah Forum until Friday. To become a blood donor, call 13 14 95 or visit donateblood.com.au