Blood donor Kerry Nind and Red Cross session leader Robert Cannon at Nelson Reserve in Gympie.
Blood donor Kerry Nind and Red Cross session leader Robert Cannon at Nelson Reserve in Gympie. Tanya Easterby

Blood in short supply in Gympie

A DONATION of blood can save three lives and the Australian Red Cross Blood Service needs more of the precious resource in Gympie.

This week alone, 150 more blood donations are needed to bolster dwindling stocks.

Blood donations are needed for people with cancer, stomach and bowel disease, nursing mothers and newborn babies, to name a few life-saving uses. Blood service community relations officer Rebecca Ind hopes residents will answer the call for more donations.

"Our appointments are down at the Gympie donor mobile this week, and that's a concern as winter is always a difficult time for blood donation," she said.

"Right now we need people to make an appointment to donate blood within the next three days."

One in every three Australians will need to rely on donated blood at some time in their life, and yet just one in 30 Australians donates blood. The Blood Service wants people who may not have donated for some time, to begin donating again; and those who've never donated, to start the life-giving habit.

"We really need the support of the local community to fill these appointments on the Gympie donor mobile," Ms Ind said.

"To make an appointment, please call 13 14 95, or visit the donor mobile at Nelson Reserve, Gympie."

 

GYMPIE BLOOD DONOR MOBILE:

  • Nelson Reserve, corner Jaycee Way and River Rd
  • August 15th: 9am - 3pm
  • TODAY: 9am-2pm, TOMORROW: 9am-2pm
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