Freelance writer, born and bred in South Australia.
Published September 10th 2016
Spend your Saturday morning being a hero
There seems to be a competition that happens every Monday in the office when colleagues begin asking each other 'What did you do on the weekend?' Everybody wants to sound the most fun or the most sociable or the most interesting. Why not aim to be the most admirable? Take an hour out of your Saturday morning to donate blood and save three lives.
Donating blood is an experience. The Australian Red Cross Blood Service treat you like a hero - because, well, that's what you are. The hour that you give up to donate is a time to relax and be pampered by the friendly Red Cross staff. You'll be seated in a comfy lounge chair and given the opportunity to either read an available book or watch some TV. Over 5,000 Aussies donate blood every day so there is bound to be other lifesavers around who will be up for a friendly chat. Oh, and did I mention free snacks? Everybody loves free snacks.
Image: Red Cross Blood Service
The Australian Red Cross Blood Service have locations dotted all over South Australia so you won't have to travel too far to donate. There are stations in: Adelaide CBD, Noarlunga, Oaklands Park, Port Adelaide, Ridgehaven, Mawson Lakes, Mount Barker, and more.
A blood donation can be used in a variety of ways. It might be used for cancer and blood patients, road trauma victims, pregnant women, surgical patients, people with heart or lung disease, sufferers of anemia, and more. You never know just who your blood is going to save, or if one day it might be needed to save you. There is always a need for blood in Australia.
Almost everybody is eligible to donate blood, and it is easy to check if you are with a quick online questionnaire. Booking an appointment is a lot simpler than one may think. Simply head to the Australian Red Cross website and find your nearest donation centre. Most donation centres have appointments available Friday afternoons/nights and Saturday mornings.