Ray Burnett gives blood to help promote better health.
Ray Burnett gives blood to help promote better health.

Bundy blood bank needs donations

THE Bundaberg Blood Bank is pleading with the community not to forget the vital service over the Christmas period.

The bank is already down by 412 donations from last year, making a total of 10,079 whole blood and plasma contributions for this year.

Community relations officer Joanna Nicholson said the Bundaberg branch was happy with the community support despite a drop in donations and new donors.

The branch saw 711 new donors register this year, compared to 789 in 2008.

Ms Nicholson said the Christmas period was always the slowest for donations.

“People get too busy at this time of year,” she said.

“We haven’t had many bookings for people to come in over the next three weeks. It’s a bit of a worry.”

Ms Nicholson said steady contributions were needed throughout the year.

“We can’t store it very long at all. We only have five days for platelets and 42 days for the red blood cells so if we are up one month, we still have to reach the target the next month,” she said.

Ms Nicholson said the Battle of the Services, a competition between Queensland services including Police, Ambulance, Fire, Corrective Services, Emergency Management Queensland and Community Safety, had been a big help over the year.

“The services participating in Bundaberg have given us a good boost,” she said.

“The competition finishes on the 19th so we will find out who has given the most donations then.”

Ms Nicholson said she hoped the community would support the branch over the next three weeks.

“Whatever people can do helps,” she said.

Donate blood

The Bundaberg Blood Donor Centre is located behind Bundaberg Hospital on Bourbong Street.

To make an appointment, telephone 4151 6375.



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