Gold Coasters are being urged to roll out their sleeves and donate blood for the first time, with Red Cross Lifeblood desperate to fill appointments.
There are over 600 appointments to fill on the Gold Coast alone over the next two weeks.
One in three Australians will need blood or blood products in their lifetime, but only one in 30 donates.
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Lifeblood spokesperson Belinda Smetioukh says it’s a great time for new blood donors to step up and help Queenslanders receive the blood and blood products they need.
“Appointment numbers fluctuate and on the Gold Coast, we have over 600 to fill in the next fortnight at the Robina and Southport Donor Centres,” she said.
“We do know elective surgery is on the increase Australia-wide, demand has increased in Queensland, and there are 800 fewer new donors in Queensland now than this time last year.”
“While we love seeing our regular faces, we need new donors to start rolling up their sleeves.
“The number of people giving blood for the first time is 25% lower in Queensland than a year ago.
”If you haven’t donated for a while, we would love to see you again. And if you have never donated before, now is a great time to start. Blood donation is a wonderful way to give back to your community.”
“The need for blood never stops and we need all blood types, every single day for surgery, cancer patients, trauma cases, blood disorders and obstetrics.”
To book a donation please visit lifeblood.com.au, call 13 14 95 or download the Donate Blood App.