Volunteer eager to hear from prospective new blood donors

Volunteer Jim Griffiths urges new donors to come forth.
Volunteer Jim Griffiths urges new donors to come forth.

Red X Blood Bank will be in Young from Tuesday, January 15 to Friday January 18, located in it’s usual position outside of woolworth’s car park on the Temora Road.

This will be a great time for people considering to donate to jump on board as Red X Blood Bank are eager  to hear from prospective new donors in order to help re-build supplies heavily reduced during the recently completed Christmas and New year period.

Volunteer promotions person Jim Griffiths, says young people across country NSW are responding in numbers to help the Service boost blood supplies.

“There is a among the under-35’s that it’s “cool” to become a blood donor and join in the wonderful experience of helping those less fortunate as a result of accident or illness.

“And the under-20’s are becoming a larger proportion of these increasing numbers of the donor population,” Jim said.

“And people in years gone by who may have previously been donors, your renewed contribution would be greatly appreciated.”

Anyone wishing to donate this week during the Red X visit of the Mobile Unit to Young, from today until Friday, should ring 13 14 95 to make an appointment, Visit donateblood.com.au or attend the Mobile Unit.

Jim is also a regular whole blood donor besides being a volunteer and a retired Journalist, and he has been donating since August 2000. 

Jim encourages never before donors to consider donating this year as blood is needed more than most people who haven’t ever needed an infusion may realise.

‘It is such an important replenishment need and with Australia’s advanced technology and incredible process of cleaning and distributing the donated blood, donors are the last requirement we need,” Jim said.

One in three Australians will see themselves needing blood or blood products in their lifetime, but only one in 30 Australians give blood each year, which makes up 3%. One blood donation can save up to three lives. Australia needs more than 25,000 donations a week. Demand for blood will grow by 100% over the next 10 years, so an increase of donors is needed now.

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