Call for more people to donate blood

IF YOU were told giving up a few minutes of your life to donate some blood would save someone else's life, would you do it?

With only one in 30 Australian's donating blood there is a good chance many of you said no.

If you knew 34% of all blood donated was used to help cancer patients, would you change your mind?

A spokeswoman from the Australian Red Cross said it was a little known fact.

"Many people are under the impression that donated blood is only used in the cases of accident and emergency," she said.

"But only 2% of all blood collected is used in trauma and accident situations.

"By far the largest recipients of blood products are those undergoing treatment for cancer."

Southern Downs Regional Councillor Neil Meiklejohn discovered first hand how much cancer patients rely on donated blood when his daughter Caitlyn was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

The brave 10-year-old has had seven blood transfusions in the past six weeks.

Nicci Sugden also knows how important donating blood is.

"I have been donating blood since I turned 18," Ms Sugden said.

"It is a big thing my family, we all do it.

"My grandma had breast cancer.

"It is nice to take a few minutes of your life to save someone else.

The Red Cross Blood Service visits Warwick monthly, on the third Tuesday.

Appointments can be made by phoning 13 14 95.



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