More than 4,000 donors are urgently needed across the country to give blood between Easter Saturday and Friday, April 26 in order to prevent a shortage of blood products required by cancer patients and road trauma victims. In particular, people with O and A blood types are needed to help boost Blood Service stocks.
Red Cross Blood Service spokesperson Helen Walsh said that while blood will be needed by thousands of people across Australia this Easter, supply is not guaranteed unless more donors step up to donate.
“The need for blood doesn’t take a holiday so we’re urging Australians to factor a blood donation into their plans this Easter.
“We need 4,000 donations between Easter Saturday and Friday, April 26 to ensure Australian patients receive the blood they need.”
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 at www.donateblood.com.au or drop into Warrnambool Donor Centre on Fairy Street.