Rockingham Blood Service needs ‘good eggs’ this Easter

Gaynor Christensen and April Stephens  are hoping donors will hop to it for Easter. Picture: Matt Jelonek www.communitypix.com.au   d467349
Gaynor Christensen and April Stephens are hoping donors will hop to it for Easter. Picture: Matt Jelonek www.communitypix.com.au d467349

ROCKINGHAM Bood Donor Centre staff are appealing to residents to be “good eggs” this Easter.

An extra 80 people are needed to donate blood in Rockingham this Easter to boost blood supplies for patients in need.

In the lead up to the long weekend, the Blood Service is on the hunt for more donors to keep blood fresh and flowing throughout the long break.

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With blood donors in short supply before, during and after the holiday, people are being urged to roll up their sleeves at Rockingham Blood Donor Centre.

Spokesperson Jessica Willet said the demand for blood was ongoing.

“Around Easter many regular blood donors are away, which means blood supplies can dip if we don’t have enough good eggs to fill the gap,” she said.

“One blood product, platelets, only lasts for five days – not much longer than a hot cross bun – so we need a constant supply.

“In particular, more donors are needed at Rockinghamon Easter Monday, when not a single person is booked in to donate.”

Ms Willet encouraged new donors to be among those who respond to the call for blood this Easter.

“One in three people will need blood in their lifetime, yet currently only one in 30 donates,” she said.

“Your lifesaving donation could help someone spend another Easter holiday with family and friends, and all it costs is an hour of time.”

Call 13 14 95 or visitdonateblood.com.au

Rockingham Blood Donor Centre Easter Opening Hours

Closed: Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday
Open: for special collection: Easter Monday 8am to 12 noon