AUSTRALIA still needs a whopping 1300 people to give blood on Easter Monday to prevent a shortage of products vital to the treatment of cancer patients.
This week the Blood Service launched a week-long campaign urging Australians to roll up their sleeves and book a blood donation for Easter Monday, 6 April, in a bid to prevent a shortage of platelets, a product vital to helping cancer patients through their chemotherapy. Blood Service spokesperson Colin Littlejohn said Australians may be familiar with the feeling of ‘Mondayitis’ – feeling down at the start of the week. But he said that wouldn’t compare to how patients would feel should there not be enough donors this Easter Monday. “Fewer people give blood around Easter because they are focussed on taking holidays,”he said. “Yet the need for blood never stops, and cancer patients are the biggest recipients of blood components in Australia, needing more than 30 percent of all donated blood to help them through chemotherapy treatments. “Platelets stop cancer patients from suffering an internal bleed, but the problem is they’re our shortest-lived product at just five days, and so we need a continual supply.” Mr Littlejohn said a single donation could help save three lives – including the life of a loved one this Easter.
“One in three of us will need blood in our lifetime,” she said.
“Cancer treatment, emergency surgery, road trauma, and bleeding during child birth are some of the most common uses for donated blood in Australia.” Blood donation only takes an hour of your time and every donation helps to save three lives. Appointments are necessary. To make an appointment, call 13 14 95 or visit donateblood.com.au