Childers Julie George happily donates blood knowing that a little of her time could go a long way to saving a life.
Childers Julie George happily donates blood knowing that a little of her time could go a long way to saving a life. Scottie Simmonds BUNRED

Need for blood donations increases

THE Bundaberg Blood Donor Centre is putting out the call to residents for 1001 blood and plasma donations this month.

The local blood bank will be collecting whole blood, plasma and platelet donations to improve the lives of patients in desperate need of blood and blood-related products.

Bundaberg Blood Donor Centre manager Dan Gibson encouraged residents to place blood donation at the top of their new year's resolution lists in 2012.

He said the number of donations needed in Bundaberg this January has increased by 200 when compared to January 2011.

Spokeswoman from the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, Belinda Haynes, said one in three Australians will need blood in their lifetime, yet only 3% of Australians will give blood annually.

"Just an hour of your time will help save three lives," she said.

Blood given will be used for people with cancer and blood disease, people with other causes of anaemia and for surgical use including open heart surgery and burns.

This year in Australia, 1.4 million donations are needed as the demand for blood products is expected to double in the next 10 years due to advances in medical science and an aging population.

Those who are fit and healthy, 16 to 70 years of age and weigh more than 45kgs are encouraged to donate.

For more information, visit www.donateblood.com.au or call 4153 7500 for local blood donating hours.



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