May Cup runneth over with donors

ODDS are high that the majority of Fraser Coast residents will stop to watch the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday but many don't know the odds of needing a blood donation.

One-third of the population will need blood at some stage in their lives but only three per cent of people donate regularly. The figures don't add up.

The Red Cross Blood service is asking the region's donors to think ahead and plan to give blood before or after Melbourne Cup day.

Blood donations take a massive drop in Melbourne Cup week but the need for blood never drops.

As the majority of people take time out of their daily routine to watch the big race, others will be in hospitals receiving life-saving blood transfusions.

Blood service spokesman Duncan Birt said nationally we need 26,000 donations every week to help heal patients in need.

“For every cancer patient, burns victim, or trauma patient, there is a blood donor behind the scenes helping to save lives every day.”

And that includes Melbourne Cup day.

Blood collection centres will be open as usual during Melbourne Cup week and on the day itself.

Donors who happen to be on the bed during the race won't miss out - radios and televisions will be tuned in to catch all the action.

To make an appointment at the Pialba or Maryborough collection centres call 13 14 95.



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