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Help save lives by becoming a blood donor today
Around one in three Australians will need blood or blood products in their lifetime and yet only one in thirty Australian give blood each year. This equates to only three percent of the Australian population. To help people in need, Australia requires more than 29,000 donations each week with just one blood donation being able to save up to three lives. When you break it down like that, one can understand why it is so important to give blood and why the blood banks advertise, as you never know it could be one of your family or even you who requires a life-saving blood donation.
Understandably, if you have a medical condition, feeling unwell, recently had surgery or on certain medications or antibiotics, you may be unable to give blood, however, those who are fit and healthy, weigh over 50 kg and are aged between eighteen and seventy-five are urged to give blood, even if not on a regular basis. Please check the website for all conditions relating to being able or not able to give blood, so you are aware of what the conditions are.
The Maroochydore Donor Centre is now calling for blood donors and if you give anything this year, giving blood will be the "Biggest Secret Santa" you can give to others.
The Centre is located on Level 1, 144, Horton Parade (corner of Plaza Parade), Maroochydore. Booking for an appointment is recommended so you are not waiting too long. Parking is available on site, however, if taking the bus or taxi, these are located within the Sunshine Plaza and a short walking distance from the Blood Donor Centre. For more information and bookings, please call 13 14 95.
At any time, an accident may occur, however, holiday times can be especially chaotic when there are so many people on the roads. Type O blood is always in short supply as it along with Type O negative is the universal blood type required for transfusions. Whether O, A, B or AB, all are required to help save a life.