Be an Aussie legend and donate blood this Australia Day long weekend

Nurse assistant Rebecca Richards, Warnbro resident Vickie Matray and nurse assistant Samuel Brown. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au
Nurse assistant Rebecca Richards, Warnbro resident Vickie Matray and nurse assistant Samuel Brown. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service is calling on more local Aussie legends to donate blood in Rockingham this Australia Day long weekend.

Rockingham Blood Donor Centre still needs 35 donors to give blood at a special public holiday donation session between 8am and 12.30pm on Monday, January 28.

Blood Service spokesperson Jessica Willet said cancer patients, trauma victims, people with bleeding disorders, new mums and newborn babies would still need blood this Australia Day.

“Australia Day is the perfect time to give back to the local community; there’s nothing more Australian than helping out a mate or three by donating blood,” she said.

“On the public holiday, Monday 28 January, we have just five people booked in to donate at Rockingham Donor Centre and we need an extra 35 to ensure blood is there for patients.

“We’re particularly encouraging people who have never donated blood before to become local legends and trade places with our regular donors who are away for the long weekend.”

Ms Willet said with one in three Aussies needing a blood product in their lifetime but only one in 30 of us donating, there was never been a better time to start giving blood.

“Blood donation takes just one hour – it’s such a short time spent saving lives,” she said.

Every month Australia needs 8000 new donors to sign up to donate blood.

To make an appointment to give blood visit Donate Blood or call 13 14 95.