As many regular donors take a break, Gippslanders are being urged to give blood ahead of the July school holidays.
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is a regular blood and plasma donor and said it takes less than an hour to donate – but you could save multiple lives.
“Every blood donation can help save three lives,” Mr Chester said.
“Some people need blood to get through a serious illness or injury, while others have medical conditions which require regular blood products to stay alive or be healthy.”
Anyone from 16 to 70 years of age who weighs 50kg or more and is fit and healthy can give blood.
Of critical importance is a blood component called platelets, which are vital in the treatment of many cancers and to combat life-threatening bleeding from road trauma and in other emergency situations.
“Unfortunately platelets have a shelf-life of just five days which means platelets cannot be stockpiled ahead of a long weekend or school holiday break – so continuous donations are required to meet demand,” Mr Chester said.
“I encourage all Gippslanders who are able to give blood to give up an hour of their time and help save lives.”
The Traralgon donor centre is at 20 Seymour Street Traralgon. Appointments are recommended. Phone number is 13 14 95
There is also a Gippsland mobile donor centre. Details of its location and operating times can be found at www.donateblood.com.au/blood-donor-centre/bairnsdale-mobile-donor-centre or by phoning 13 14 95.