GOLD Coasters are being urged to book an appointment with the Blood Bank in the lead up to Easter, in a bid to help fill the 132 appointments still needed to bolster stocks that are vital to treating cancer patients.
The Blood Service will this week launch its Easter Egg-straction blood drive to encourage locals to factor a blood donation into their holiday plans, especially between the 18th and 30th of April.
Bernadette Diaz from the Blood Service said donors were particularly needed at the donor mobile at Runaway Bay from April 19-24 and at Sanctuary Cove on Anzac Day April 25.
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“Giving blood take just an hour of your time but three lives can be saved by one donation.”
“The Easter long weekend and subsequent Anzac Day long weekend mean many regular donors will be away on vacation,” she said.
“But the need for blood never takes a break, and Australia still needs 27,000 donations a week.
“All blood types are needed, in particular O negative blood, which is the universal blood type and is used in emergency situations.
“One in three Australians will need blood or blood products in their lifetime but only one in 30 give blood regularly. We are aiming to close the gap.