Maryvale’s Julie McFetridge, with Red Cross nurse Anne-Marie Buckly, donates at a previous visit from Red Cross.
Maryvale’s Julie McFetridge, with Red Cross nurse Anne-Marie Buckly, donates at a previous visit from Red Cross. Emma Channon

More blood donations needed

WARWICK residents are being urged again to visit the Red Cross centre next week to donate blood.

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service will hold its monthly Warwick blood collection clinic on Tuesday, August 16 at the Red Cross Rooms on Guy St.

This time of the year is considered especially important for donations, as regular blood donors battle sicknesses such as colds brought on by winter.

The appointment-only morning session is usually well supported but blood service community relations officer Kirsten McGovern asked donors to come along to the open afternoon session between 3pm-6.30pm to make a blood donation.

“We have had a wonderful response from the community over the last three months, however we still need more people to come in and donate blood, particularly in the afternoon session,” Ms McGovern said.

“We ask those who are feeling fit and healthy to please come in and donate and help save lives.”

Potential donors need to be aged between 16-70 years old (16 and 17-year-olds must have parental consent), weigh more than 45kg (50kg for under 18-year-olds) and be in reasonably good health.

“Please give up an hour of your time to help others in need,” Mrs McGovern said.

Blood donors are reminded to drink one to two litres of water or juice in the 24 hours before donating, have a substantial meal in the hours leading up to their donation, and to bring photo ID.

For further inquiries regarding eligibility or to make an appointment call 13 14 95.



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