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City of Swan Mayor David Lucas donated plasma at the Midland Blood Centre on New Year’s Eve.

Donations need to keep flowing

While many business  find that work tends to die down over the Christmas period, staff at Midland Blood Donor Centre were unusually busy.

The centre was inundated with donations of blood and plasma over the traditionally quiet holiday period, with more than 1200 people lending their veins to give patients requiring blood transfusions around the state more time to enjoy with their families over Christmas and the New Year.

Even City of Swan Mayor David Lucas, who could be excused after seeing enough blood during his official duties in 2018, gave up his time on New Year’s Eve to donate plasma.

“I hope that reaching out to our local community might encourage them to donate blood or plasma and help save lives in the process,” he said.

“One donation can save up to three lives, so I encourage anyone in good health who can donate blood or plasma to please do so – one small activity can result in such a significant outcome.”
  Now Blood Centre staff are urging local residents to keep up the good work, with another traditionally quiet period for donations just around the corner.

Midland Blood Centre spokesperson Jessica Willett said the donations over the holiday period were fantastic but urged donors to keep up the good work.

“More donors are always needed in the lead up to public holidays, when many regular donors take a break from donating,” she said.

“The Australia Day long weekend is just around the corner, and to ensure we can meet the needs of patients during the break.

“Midland Blood Donor Centre still needs 110 people to donate in the week’s either side of the long weekend, when appointments are currently low and less than half full on most days.”

Appointments are recommended for blood and plasma donations.

To book an appointment at Midland Blood Donor Centre, call 13 14 95.

About Liam Ducey

Liam Ducey is an experienced journalist, having worked in print media in Kalgoorlie, Esperance, Port Hedland, Bunbury and across the metropolitan area, as well as online for several Fairfax Media mastheads. His reporting has seen him awarded the 2013 Clubs WA award for Best Club Media Story and the Western Australian Football Commission Umpiring Media Award in 2014. He was a finalist in three categories in the 2018 WA Media Awards and is not at all salty that he didn't win at least one. He's recently had a baby girl, Emilia, with his wife Roselyn and has lost all concept of time and sleep.

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