As chocolate consumption goes up, blood donations dry up.
The Red Cross Blood Service says it needs 1300 people to donate blood on Easter Monday to avoid a shortfall in its life-saving products.
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‘Fewer people give blood around Easter because they are focused on taking holidays,’ says spokesman Shaun Inguanzo.
‘Yet the need for blood never stops.’
Road accidents during the holidays are a major draw on the blood supply, as are cancer patients who require regular infusions during chemotherapy.
Mr Inguanzo says a single donation can save three lives, and one in three Australians will need donated blood during their lifetime.
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