Donors need to flood with blood

THE Coffs Harbour Blood Donor Centre is opening its doors on Easter Saturday with the hope of collecting 30 blood donations lost due to flooding last week.

Australian Red Cross Blood Service marketing co-ordinator, Kirstie Lee, said this move is in response to last week's flooding and the closure of the collection centre.

“The search is on for 30 wonderful people to celebrate Easter in style by saving lives,” Ms Lee said.

“Unfortunately we needed to cancel two of our regular collection sessions last week due to the heavy rainfall and flooding.”

Ms Lees said the floods coinciding with the Easter break and public holidays has created added pressure in maintaining the blood supply.

“We are hoping the goodness of the Coffs Coast residents will again come through for us and it is a credit to our wonderful nursing staff that they are willing to give up their Easter break to work on the Saturday for this great cause,” she said.

Donor Centre manager Dawn Wedlon-Schupp said new and existing donors are welcome on the day.

“Given that we are open on a holiday this Easter, we'd love to see some 'first-time' blood donors give it a go,” Dawn said.

The Donor Centre is located at 72 Victoria Street, opposite the old hospital site, and to make an appointment call 66516844, 13 14 95 or visit donate blood.

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