Faye and Neil Ross from Maryborough, at the Australian Red Cross Blood Service awards, have chalked up 200 donations between them.
Faye and Neil Ross from Maryborough, at the Australian Red Cross Blood Service awards, have chalked up 200 donations between them. Alistair Brightman

Locals giving blood help save 31,850 lives

FRASER Coast residents who have helped save 31,850 lives by giving regular blood donations over the years have been recognised for their amazing efforts in Hervey Bay.

Thirty-three residents were awarded by the Australian Red Cross Blood Service at the Hervey Bay Boat Club yesterday.

The ceremony was on the last day of National Blood Donor Week.

Blood service spokeswoman Rebecca Ind said the Fraser Coast locals had made more than 10,650 donations between them, directly helping more than 31,850 people.

She said one in three Australians would need blood in their lifetime.

"You never know when you or someone you love will need blood, and there's no better way to ensure it's there than to become a blood donor," she said.

"It only takes an hour of your time and every donation can help save up to three lives.

"Australia needs around 27,000 donations each week to meet demand, with cancer patients amongst the biggest users of donated blood.

"Pregnant mums, their babies, people undergoing emergency surgery, road trauma victims and those with certain blood conditions all rely on blood products to keep them live."

The crowd at the Australian Red Cross Blood Service awards at the Hervey Bay Boat Club.
The crowd at the Australian Red Cross Blood Service awards at the Hervey Bay Boat Club. Alistair Brightman


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