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Extraordinary people celebrated in National Blood Donor Week

One in three Australians will need blood in their lifetime, yet only one in 30 donates
One in three Australians will need blood in their lifetime, yet only one in 30 donates Thinkstock

ORDINARY people can achieve extraordinary things by donating blood.

Red Cross Blood Service spokeswoman Belinda Smetioukh said a big focus of this National Blood Donor Week was celebrating the extraordinary people who were donors.

"Donating blood only takes one hour and by giving that extra time, donors make an extraordinary impact on the lives of those who need blood," she said.

"A blood donation gives a patient undergoing chemotherapy the extra strength they need to make it through treatment.

"Anti-D donors give pregnant mums the extra chance to have a healthy baby, and bone marrow donors give patients another chance at life.

"Every donor is extraordinary because they give the families of seriously ill patients extra time together."

READ MORE: Triple century reached for generous Coast blood donor

National Blood Donor Week is a celebration of Australia's 500,000 blood donors, who together make 1.3 million donations each year.

More than 30% of blood donated helps cancer patients and those with blood diseases

Blood is used by cancer patients, people with blood disorders, burns victims, those undergoing surgery, road trauma victims, new mums and their bubs, people with immune disorders, and many more sick or seriously-ill Australians

If you are aged between 16-70 years and are feeling well you may be eligible to donate blood

Blood is not just needed by road trauma victims - this accounts for only 2 percent of donated blood. More than 30 percent of donated blood helps cancer patients

Roll up your sleeve

In Australia we have 500,000 extraordinary blood donors who together donate more than 1.3 million donations each year

One in three Australians will need blood in their lifetime, yet only one in 30 donates

Giving blood takes only one hour of your time and it can save three lives

Australia needs around 25,000 blood donations every week to ensure there are enough supplies for patients in need

There is no substitute for blood and we need blood of every type, every day to save the lives of thousands of Australians. We especially need O-Negative blood which is the universal blood type that can be given to anyone.

In Australia we have 500,000 extraordinary blood donors, who together make more than 1.3 million donations each year.

One in three Australians will need blood in their lifetime, yet only one in 30 donates.

Giving blood takes only one hour of your time and it can save three lives.

Australia needs about 25,000 blood donations every week to ensure there are enough supplies for patients in need.

There is no substitute for blood and we need blood of every type, every day to save the lives of thousands of Australians. We especially need O-negative blood, which is the universal blood type and can be given to anyone.

Topics:  blood donor national blood donor week red cross



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