Rockingham blood donor appeal

Rockingham Blood Donor Centre is urging people to donate blood to save a life. Picture: File image
Rockingham Blood Donor Centre is urging people to donate blood to save a life. Picture: File image

WITH National Blood Donor Week beginning this Saturday, Rockingham Blood Donor Centre is urging people to roll up their sleeves and donate blood to save a life.

The organisation is hoping to welcome back previous one-time donors from June 9 to 15.

Almost half of all first-time Australian blood donors give once and don’t come back, prompting the Australian Red Cross Blood Service to call for people to make donating a regular habit.

Blood Service data shows of the 91,000 Australians who gave blood for the first time in the past 12 months, 43 per cent did not return to make a second donation.

But there are legends such as Rockingham local Jeffrey Palmer who are crucial, as together with other regular donors they contribute about a quarter of the nation’s blood supplies.

Blood Service spokeswoman Gina Tracey said the Rockingham service was hoping to attract more regulars like Mr Palmer.

“These amazing donors can’t do it alone. Australia needs a new blood donor every five minutes. We need more people like Jeffrey to make blood or plasma donation a regular, life-saving habit,” she said.

“During National Blood Donor Week we say thank you to all our donors for their generosity and life-saving gifts.

“It takes just an hour of your time to donate blood and every donation can help save up to three lives.”

National Blood Donor Week is a celebration of the 470,000 people who give 1.4 million donations of blood and save lives each year.

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