Forget chocolate this Easter, the call has gone out for Gold Coasters to roll up their sleeve and give the gift of life.
A nationwide drive to bolster blood stocks over the Easter long weekend and ANZAC Day holiday period has kicked off.
A statement issued by the Australian Red Cross, outlined the particular need for people with O and A blood types to help boost Blood Service stocks.
ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER THIS ADVERTISEMENT
“The need for blood doesn’t take a holiday so we’re urging Australians to factor a blood donation into their plans this Easter,” Helen Walsh from the Blood Service said in the statement.
“We need 4,000 donations between Easter Saturday and Friday, April 26 to ensure Australian patients receive the blood they need,” Ms Walsh added.
“Of most importance is a blood component called platelets.”
Platelets are the clotting agent of blood – vital in the treatment of many cancers and to combat life-threatening bleeding from road trauma and in other emergency situations.
“Unfortunately platelets have a shelf-life of just five days which means we can’t stockpile them and with three public holidays in quick succession this Easter, we need people donating during this time period to meet demand,” Ms Walsh said.
“The life you help save this Easter could be that of a family member or close friend,” she said.
One in three Australians will need blood in their lifetime, but only one in 30 currently donates.
Blood donation centres are open throughout the Easter period except for Good Friday.
To give blood, please call 13 14 95 or book online.