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Blood donors needed as winter supplies dry up

May 22nd, 2012 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

THE thought of saving someone’s life is why first-time donor Lil Bishop decided to donate her blood last week, as winter nears.

Miss Bishop (19), pictured, said she was nervous about donating but it was an easy process.

“I’d donate again, the nurses are good, they make it easier by talking you through it,” she says.

World Blood Donor Day is on June 14 which is a good time to promote giving blood as New Zealand comes into winter, says Sandra Tolve, donor recruiter at New Zealand Blood’s Wellington Donor Centre.

“In winter, donations tend to get low because people get sick, have to cancel and then they can’t give blood till they’re well again,” Mrs Tolve says.

One blood donation can save up to three lives and has a huge impact on the recipients and their families, says Mrs Tolve.

“World Blood Donor Day is a celebration of all our donors and helps spread the word about donating.”

Each year 42,000 patients are treated with blood or blood products in New Zealand, according to the NZ Blood website.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) initiated World Blood Donor Day in 2004 and it occurs on the birthday of Karl Landsteiner, the creator of the ABO blood group system, for which he won a Nobel Prize.

The theme for World Blood Donor Day is “Every blood donor is a hero” which focuses on the idea that every one of us can become a hero by giving blood, the WHO website says.

If you would like to donate blood, call 0800 448 325 or visit www.nzblood.co.nz

 

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