Ahead of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service’s National Blood Donor Week which runs from 11 – 17 June, Graham Perrett MP, the Federal Member for Moreton, is encouraging more Australians to become regular blood donors.
Earlier this week Mr Perrett rolled up his own sleeve for his 50th blood donation at the collection point in Griffith University’s Nathan Campus.
"Millions of people across Australia owe their lives to blood donors and although one in three Australians will need blood products some time in their lives, just one in thirty people give blood," Mr Perrett said.
Mr Perrett is one of the nearly 500,000 Australian blood donors who have made a combined 1.3 million blood donations in the past year.
National Blood Donor Week is the Australian Red Cross Blood Service’s time to say a special thank you to all the bloody legends whose generous donations support the Australians who need donated blood sometime in their life.
It is also a time when the Blood Service calls for more people to become blood donors.
Blood Service spokesperson, Jennifer Campbell Case hoped Mr Perrett’s example would inspire more Brisbane residents to become bloody legends.
“National Blood Donor Week is the time to take that first step of making an appointment to give blood,” Ms Campbell Case said.
“Winter is a traditionally tough time for the Blood Service because many regular donors can’t give blood due to cold and flu symptoms.
“We’d love to see some new donors give blood to help ensure that we maintain blood stocks over the Winter period.”
To answer the call to become a bloody legend this National Blood Donor Week, call 13 14 95 or visit www.donateblood.com.au
WEDNESDAY, 6 JUNE 2017
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