Condobolin blood donations not in vein

Betty Ticehurst,  Dorothy Keefe and Kellie De Grande with nurses Jacky Chapman, Therese Goodacre and Sue Rollin. DGBy Dominic Geiger

Approximately 50 Condobolin residents rolled up their sleeves to donate blood last Wednesday when the Australian Red Cross Blood Service’s Central West Donor Mobile visited the town.

Blood Van nurse, Gale Turnbull, said it had been a slow start to the morning, but by ten o’clock a good number of donors had shown up.

“We’ve had 40 people who have actually booked today however we estimate there were another ten or so who just showed up,” she said.

“It’s always a better idea to book ahead though.”

Gale said she thought the turnout was fantastic, however many of the donors hadn’t been drinking enough water prior to their visit.

“We are encouraging people to drink four to five glasses of water before they come in when we visit next time,” she said.

“We will be back in Condobolin here at the RSL Club in three months time on October 13.”

Gale said she wanted to send a heartfelt thanks to everyone in the town who donated.

“There are now a lot of very appreciative people out there,” she said.

“Each donor can give enough blood to potentially save three people.

“So from today that’s around 150 products for people who really need it.”

Appointments for the Blood Van’s next visit in October can be made by calling 13 14 95.


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