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Dec 172012
 

Brisbane East needs more than 300 donors to give blood this Christmas and New Year to secure blood stocks for cancer patients over the festive season.

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service is concerned that most residents will take a 5-day weekend this Christmas leading to a major drop in blood stocks.

The Blood Service will run a Blood Blitz in the lead-up to Christmas to raise awareness of the critical need for blood this festive season.

LOCAL DONOR MOBILES

Carindale Donor Mobile
Westfield Carindale Shopping Centre, Myer Parcel Pick-Up (off Creek Road)
Saturday 22 December and Monday 24 December; 7am – 3pm
Sunday 23 December; 9am – 4pm

Mt. Gravatt Blood Donor Mobiles
Westfield Garden City, Cinema Carpark, cnr Kessells Road and McGregor Street
Saturday 22 December and Monday 24 December; 7am – 3pm
Sunday 23 December; 9am – 4pm
&
The Big Top Homemaker Centre carpark, 1290 Logan Road, Mt. Gravatt
Wednesday 26 December 8am – 3pm, Thursday 27 December 11am – 6pm and Friday 28 December 9am – 4pm

Carina Donor Mobile
Chris’s IGA, Old Cleveland Road
Thursday 3 January, Friday 4 January and Monday 7 January, 2013; 9am – 4pm daily

The campaign will run throughout December with local residents able to respond to the call at any time by making an appointment to give blood.

Wes Thomas, Community Relations Officer from the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, said that platelets were vital to the treatment of cancer patients but only had a shelf life of five days.

“This means anything collected on the Friday before the Christmas long weekend will either expire or be depleted by Boxing Day,” he said.

“We know Christmas is an important time for local Brisbane East residents to spend with family and friends, but spare a thought for the many Australians who have a loved one in hospital and in need of blood, with the hope of spending another Christmas together.

“For them, the perfect Christmas gift would be blood; the gift of life.

“With two public holidays and a weekend, it is vital that Brisbane East donors make an appointment to give blood for Christmas Eve and the days immediately after Boxing Day to help replenish platelet stocks.

“Every donation helps to save as many as three lives, and Christmas is the perfect time to give back to the community.”

Make an appointment to give blood
Phone 13 14 95 or visit donateblood.com.au

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