Red Cross wants blood

Blood samples taken by the Red Cross Blood Service. Many patients in Australian hospitals rely on donations for survival.By Dominic Geiger

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service is calling for all Condobolinites who are able to donate blood to make a visit to the Central West Donor Mobile when it visits the town on Thursday July 7.

The Donor Mobile will be based in the RSL Club’s car park from 8am to 1pm, however donor beds will be set up inside the RSL building itself.

Red Cross Blood Service Coordinator, Gemma Eames, said the Donor Mobile visit would be a chance for the Condobolin community to make a real difference in the lives of many patients in Australian hospitals who rely on blood products for survival.

“An hour of your time could mean a lifetime to someone else,” she said.

“There is no substitute for blood and we need blood of every type, every day to save the lives of thousands of Australians.

“We are asking Condobolin residents to please do something special; give blood.”

Gemma said winter was a particularly difficult time of year for the Red Cross, as with the cooler weather blood donations drop off.

“We need to ensure there is enough blood to help those who need it,” she said.

“We also want to encourage people in Condobolin to make appointments to donate blood on the day because it helps us speed up the process.”

People interested in donating blood are urged to call 13 14 95 or visit our website  to get an idea of what to expect and for further information on donor eligibility criteria and blood donation.

Those who have donated before can also call 13 14 95 to make an appointment.

Information for new donors: On the day of donation, all blood donors need to eat a substantial meal, drink 4-5 glasses of water and bring your donor card or photo IDTo donate blood you must: Be aged between 16-70, have not had a tattoo in the last six months, not be pregnant and have not given birth in the last 9 months and/or are not currently breastfeeding, be over 50kg (over 45 kg if under 18, not have low iron, and not have not lived in the UK between 1980 and 1996 for a cumulative period of 6 months or more.

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