Ex-servicemen donate blood
WITH 108 blood donations under his belt, Rockhampton man Wal Yates was more than happy to respond to the Australian Red Cross Blood Service’s call to arms over the Easter long weekend.
A shortage of donors could have caused a problem, but Wal and his fellow ex-servicemen and volunteers at the CQ Military Museum rallied to enlist their service.
He reckoned there was no better way to celebrate the Anzac spirit than giving blood.
“Many Australian servicemen and women have bled on the battlefield and made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our way of life,” Wal said.
“Each donation saves up to three lives, including those of young children battling cancer, burns victims, road trauma patients, unborn babies and people suffering chronic blood-borne illnesses.”
Australian Red Cross Blood Service community relations officer Rachael Speechley said blood supplies dropped over the Easter long weekend as people headed off on their holidays.
“The need for blood never takes a holiday, and every week we need more than 27,000 donations to help people in need,” Ms Speechley said.
“A blood product called platelets, crucial to help treat cancer patients, has a shelf-life of just five days.
“It can take blood donations from up to four people to make one dose of life-saving platelets, and during the holiday season stocks can drop to critical levels quickly.
“So a big thank you is to be given to those who donated over the long weekend.
“You never know when it may be a loved one in need of a blood transfusion.
“One hour of your time donating blood this Anzac Day and Easter weekend could mean a lifetime to the person who receives it.”
To give blood to the life-saving service book an appointment by calling 13 14 95 or visit www.donateblood.com.au