Help Joondalup Blood Centre see red

North West Metropolitan District police officers Acting Superintendent Gary Lewis, Sergeant David Mallows, Inspector Steve Post and Inspector Wayne Dohmen with registered nurse Deb Eldridge. Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au d438560
North West Metropolitan District police officers Acting Superintendent Gary Lewis, Sergeant David Mallows, Inspector Steve Post and Inspector Wayne Dohmen with registered nurse Deb Eldridge. Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au d438560

JOONDALUP Blood Donor Centre is short 550 donors in June, prompting the blood service to launch its winter campaign for new donors.

It has challenged emergency services across Perth to see which one can save the most lives by donating blood.

Staff and volunteers from WA Police, Fire and Emergency Services, St John Ambulance and State Emergency Service will take part.

“Winter is always a difficult time for blood donations because you need to be feeling 100 per cent well to donate,” blood service spokeswoman Jessica Willet said.

“We’re concerned that the flu season could result in a drop in donations.

“We’re hoping this challenge will help by inspiring emergency service personnel and other people living in the northern suburbs to donate blood to help combat this shortage.”

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

THE ESSENTIALS

– Donated blood is used to help patients with cancer, bleeding disorders, trauma patients, new mums and newborn babies.

– One in three Australians will need blood in their lifetime.

– Only one in 30 Australians currently donate – three per cent of the population.

– Every donation helps save three lives.

– It only takes one hour to donate.

– People can donate whole blood four times a year or plasma and platelets every two weeks.

– To make an appointment, visit www.donateblood.com.au or call 13 14 95._