Ten Minutes of Your Time Could Save Three Lives this Holiday Season


If you’re anything like me, there’s a good chance you start the year with a bunch of resolutions, and by the time you get to November, you’re scrambling to get them all done.

Give-the-gift-of-lifeWhy not give the gift of life this Christmas before you start making your new resolutions?

The Blood Service is making it easy for North Lakes residents to make good on their resolutions, with two centres available over the next month to take blood donations.

The first is the permanent Strathpine Donor Centre, located only 15 minutes down the road from North Lakes. Located at 349 Gympie Road, Strathpine, it is open 6 days a week, with sessions available both early morning, late evening, and on weekends, so that everyone can find a time to donate that suits them.

We’ll also be setting up on North Lakes Drive, outside the Good Guys, between Monday the 18th and Friday the 22nd December. Being so close to all the shops on North Lakes Drive, it’s a great opportunity for people to cross a good deed of their list while taking care of some last minute Christmas shopping.

Blood donation is a very simple process, and the donation itself only takes between five and ten minutes. It’s a great chance to relax and plan your Christmas lunch or family holiday, all the while helping patients in need.

Because a lot of our regular donors take holidays over Christmas, it’s very important that we have enough of our infrequent or new donors come in over December and January, to ensure we have enough supply for the 25 000 units of blood that are required every week.

Because blood only has a short shelf life, we aren’t able to stockpile donations for when we have a downturn in donors. This means that there can be particular strain on stocks coming up to public holidays, which is why it is so important for people to make donating blood their rest of year resolution.

If you are interested in donating, or would like more information, you can visit donateblood.com.au, or phone 13 14 95.

If you run a business, or would like to donate as part of a community or church group, the Blood Service runs a group donation program called Red25. For more information on Red25, please call Liam Richardson on 3481 5908, or email lrichardson@redcrossblood.org.au

Written by Liam Richardson

06/12/2017 |

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