Centres need over 200 to donate blood

Great gift: Blood donor Caroline Drogue with Blood Service nurse Jacqui Brown.
Great gift: Blood donor Caroline Drogue with Blood Service nurse Jacqui Brown.

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service is concerned that with the upcoming Australia Day long weekend, residents may be taking a break and fewer donations will lead to a drop in blood supplies.

Blood Service spokeswoman Jessica Willet urged local residents to celebrate Australia Day by donating blood before, during or immediately after the long weekend.

‘Australia Day is a time for us to celebrate what’s great about being Australian and there is no better way to be a true blue Aussie than to save a life or three,’ Ms Willet said.

‘Blood donation only takes an hour out of your day, leaving plenty of time for a traditional Aussie Day barbie with your mates.’

Joondalup and Whitford blood donor centres will be open on Australia Day but closed on the Monday public holiday. Call 13 14 95 or visit www.donateblood.com.au