Be a hero, give blood and save a life
EDITORIAL: It has been about eight years since I last gave blood.
I first gave blood at school when I was 16 years old and despite my fear of needles, I became a regular donor.
That was until I turned 21 and got my first tattoo.
At the time, that meant I couldn't donate for a year and by the time the year was up, I had fallen out of the habit of donating.
Today I am going to call the blood service and make an appointment to donate.
I'm only disappointed that I didn't make that phone call years ago.
One in three Australians will need a blood donation at some point in their lives, but only one in 30 Australians donate.
Giving blood is one of the easiest ways for the average person to become a hero.
Donations save the lives of people with cancer and blood diseases, surgical patients and people in need of emergency treatment.
Blood products have a short shelf life, which creates the need for ongoing donations from the public.
Platelets last up to five days, red cells up to 42 days and plasma can last up to a year.
If you can, I urge you to pick up the phone today and make an appointment that could save someone's life.
The phone number to call is 139 596.
Be a hero for the Fraser Coast community.