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What do the number 42 and donated blood have in common?

In The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, Douglas Adams wrote that the number 42 is the answer to 'the great question of life, the universe and everything'.

But 42 what? 

Every day, thousands of Australians receive life-saving blood donations, but what many people don’t realise is that the red blood cells inside donated blood have a shelf-life of just 42 days. 

This means that we don’t just need donations today, we need them regularly.

So, be ‘life, the universe and everything’ to someone. Become a blood donor.

Find out if you can give blood and learn about the donation process.


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