Volunteer Sandra Hopgood serves Warren Ross a milkshake under the watchful gaze of Australian Red Cross nurse Bec Albert.
Volunteer Sandra Hopgood serves Warren Ross a milkshake under the watchful gaze of Australian Red Cross nurse Bec Albert.

Give a little to the blood service

ONE charity wants you more than it wants your money and it needs you now.

"If you can't afford to give money to a charity, you can always give blood," blood donor Debra Cox of Toormina said.

"I'm a giver - I like to give. I saw in the paper there was a little girl who needed bone marrow, so I came in and registered, but they've never needed it."

Since registering as a potential bone marrow donor, Ms Cox has given blood regularly and has just made her 30th donation of whole blood at the Australian Red Cross Blood Service.

Warren Ross of Boambee East does more than give blood - he drives a bus to pick up students from high schools so they can donate blood at the Park Beach HomeBase blood service location.

As well as donating much-needed blood and his time, Mr Ross's blood donation also alleviates his medical condition.

Suffering from hemochromatosis - an excess concentration of iron - Mr Ross needs to have his blood levels reduced every five weeks to limit the concentration of iron and this visit can save other people's lives.

Not everyone can give blood, but they can donate their time and more volunteers are needed to make milkshakes and drive buses.

Phone the Coffs Harbour Red Cross Blood Service on 6653 0600 to donate your time or telephone 131 495 to book a blood donation appointment.



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