An extra 25 people are needed to donate blood in Toowoomba over Easter to boost blood supplies for patients in need. Through the long-weekend, the Blood Service is on the hunt for more donors to keep blood stocks fresh and flowing throughout the extra-long break.
With blood donors in short supply during and after the holiday, people are being urged to roll up their sleeves at Toowoomba Blood Donor Centre be on Easter Saturday 15th and Easter Monday 17th April.
Blood Service Spokesperson, Sandee Thompson says the demand for blood is on-going. â€œAround Easter many regular blood donors are away, which means blood supplies can dip if we donâ€™t have enough â€˜good eggsâ€™ to fill the gap,â€ she said.
â€œOne blood product, platelets, only lasts for five days â€“ not much longer than a hot cross bun â€“ so we need a constant supply.
In particular, more donors are needed at Toowoomba Blood Donor Centre on Easter Saturday and on Monday 17th, Tuesday 11th, as we still have over 25 appointments that we must fill to maintain blood supply for patients in need.â€
Mrs Thompson encouraged new donors to be among those who respond to the call for blood this Easter. â€œOne in three people will need blood in their lifetime, yet currently only one in 30 donates. Your lifesaving donation could help someone spend another Easter holiday with family and friends, and all it costs is an hour of your time.â€
Toowoomba Blood Donor Centre: Easter Opening Hours
Sat 15 Apr (Easter Saturday) 8.00am â€“ 2.00pm
Closed Sun 16 Apr (Easter Sunday)
Mon 17 Apr (Easter Monday) 8.00am â€“ 2.00pm
Be a â€˜good eggâ€™ this Easter and donate blood. Call 13 14 95 or visit donateblood.com.au
Community Relations Officer
Toowoomba Blood Donor Centre
Australian Red Cross Blood Service
1A The Bernoth Centre, 661 Ruthven StreetÂ IÂ Toowoomba