Red Cross Blood Service nurse Jane Doherty assists Donna Jeremy as she donates plasma at the Donormobile at Nelson Reserve yesterday.
Red Cross Blood Service nurse Jane Doherty assists Donna Jeremy as she donates plasma at the Donormobile at Nelson Reserve yesterday. Craig Warhurst

We want your blood

THEY’RE not carrying pitchforks but they are screaming for your blood.

With less than two days’ supply of O negative blood left, the Australian Red Cross is desperate for blood and plasma donations.

For Gympie people wanting to donate, it’s as easy as dropping in to the Donormobile located at Nelson Reserve today (11.30am – 6.30pm), or tomorrow find the van behind the old bank building (7.30am – 2.30pm).

More than 700 donations are needed every week in the Gympie/Sunshine Coast region for people battling cancer, heart, stomach and bowel disease, accident or trauma or to address complications in pregnancy and childbirth.

Australia Red Cross Service community relations officer Daniel Rowling said the number of donors coming in to give blood had been dropping.

“Across the country, stocks of all blood types have dropped 18 per cent in the past month,” he said.

Right now, there are many more people who need blood for cancer treatments and other life-threatening conditions, than there are blood donors.

“The Australian Red Cross Blood Service Donormobile is visiting Gympie this week but not in the usual spot at Gympie Centro. The Donormobile will now be at Nelson Reserve,” he said.

“Gympie is such a wonderful location for us to visit because there are so many generous donors willing to roll up their sleeves and save lives.”

So, if you have an appointment to give blood or were thinking about heading along, remember that it will be at Nelson Reserve.

Gympie mum Donna Jeremy was yesterday doing her bit at the new location to save some lives. Mrs Jeremy has been donating blood or plasma for the past three years. Yesterday, it was a plasma donation, which she is able to give more often than blood.

Plasma is the most versatile component of blood and can be used for a wide range of purposes. Because your red cells are returned to you when you give a plasma donation, you are able to donate as often as every two weeks.

Plasma is in such short supply, Australia has to resort to importing the shortfall from overseas, Donor Centre manager Helen Mitchell said.

Mrs Mitchell said they needed all the donations they could get and appreciated the support they received from larger groups such as Gympie Regional Council staff, who are members of Club Red, a program that allows groups to do something special by regularly donating blood.

To make an appointment to give blood call 13 14 95 or visit www.donateblood.com.au

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