The Australian Red Cross Blood Service is urging Gold Coasters to roll up their sleeves and donate over the Christmas holiday period.
With many local donors off on Christmas holidays, the blood service has noticed a worrying drop in donors booked in to give blood between 26 December 2016 and 2nd January 2017.
In the hope of preventing a shortage, Spokesperson Marlene de Kock said the organisation has launched a Christmas ‘Blood Blitz’ to help fill the more than 250 appointments at both Robina and Southport Donor Centres between Boxing Day and the first week in January.
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“Thousands of Australian patients will need blood this Christmas and New Year just to have the hope of spending those moments with friends and family,” she said. “Cancer patients are the biggest users of donated blood and rely on platelets to make it through chemotherapy. The problem is platelets cannot be stock-piled, so we need a constant, fresh supply as anything collected by Christmas Day will have expired or run-out early the next week.”
Miss de Kock said a blood donation was a gift that money couldn’t buy because it allowed people to spend time with those they love most.“With Queenslanders alone set to spend almost $10billion leading up to Christmas, the greatest gift of all will cost you just an hour of your time and could help to save or improve three lives.
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To make an appointment to give at Southport or Robina Donor Centres, call 13 14 95 or visit donateblood.com.au