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Blood blitz: Donors needed to prevent critical shortage

Monday 21st Dec 2015

Australia desperately needs more than 5,000 people to give blood between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve to prevent a critical shortage of blood components used daily by cancer patients.

 

  NSW/ACT VIC/TAS QLD SA/NT WA
Donors needed between 24 and 31 Dec

1,500

1,300

1,500

550

400

 

The Lifeblood is this week running a ‘Blood Blitz’ blood drive, encouraging Australians to make an appointment to give blood between 24 and 31 December to deliver the ultimate Christmas gift to patients in need.

The shortfall is due to many Australians taking holidays and simply not being aware of the ongoing need for blood donations.

One part of the blood – platelets – only has a shelf life of a few days and is pivotal in preventing internal bleeding in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. It cannot be stockpiled over holiday periods, meaning donors are needed every day.

Lifeblood spokesman Shaun Inguanzo said the best gift this Christmas was the one that would save a life.

“The need for blood never takes a break and donated blood will be needed every day between Christmas and New Year to help treat many sick and seriously ill Australians,” he said.

“An hour of your time could mean a lifetime to a patient in need this Christmas.

“One in three of us will need blood at some point in our lifetime, and many of us know someone who has, or is, battling cancer. We’re urging people to give blood during this critical time of need.”

To give blood between 24 and 31 December, please call 13 14 95 or make an appointment online