The Australian Red Cross Blood Service is calling on Gold Coasters to roll up their sleeves and donate, with more than 600 blood donors needed at the Robina and Southport Donor Centres in the next month.
It’s understood a drop in donors after winter has prompted the desperate call, with Blood Service spokesperson Belinda Smetioukh encouraging new donors to come forward and help make a difference.
“Without new donors rolling up their sleeves, the pressure on our current donors to supply the blood needed by sick patients is high,” she said.
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“Robina and Southport Donor Centres need to collect 330 blood donations every week just to meet demand.”
It’s understood blood lasts only 42 days, so it can’t be stockpiled.
“Blood’s short shelf-life coupled with a drop in donors after the winter months is a key reason new donors are needed on the Gold Coast,” Ms Smetioukh told myGC.
She revealed that one in three Australians will need a blood product in their lifetime, but only three percent of Australians donate.
“Only three percent of us donate blood, but the need for life-saving donations never stops,” Ms Smetioukh said.
“Donating blood is one of the most significant things you can do to help other people, and we know this desire to help is one of the main reasons people give blood.
“Giving blood only takes an hour of your time and every donation helps save three lives.”
To give blood call the Australian Red Cross Blood Service on 13 14 95 or visit donateblood.com.au