Blood wanted in Rototuna

NZ Blood ServiceThe NZ Blood Service needs new donors – and in a bid to find them they’re coming to us.

This Thursday (November 9) a mobile blood drive will be held at Rototuna Primary School hall and it would be great to see as many people as possible, says NZBS donor recruiter Jan Johnston.

“We’re doing our best to bring the blood service out into the suburbs to reach as many potential donors as possible.”

In order to support local hospitals and healthcare centres, about 50 donors are needed.

You may be able to donate blood if you:
• Are a new donor aged 16-65 years
• Weigh at least 50kg
• Are in good health and are completely well after having a cough, cold or flu.
• Have waited six months after tattooing or body piercing.
• Have waited 24 hours following minor dental treatment or one month following major dental work.

Take this quiz to see if you can donate.

(You can’t donate if you’ve spent more than a total of six months in the UK, France or Ireland between 1980 and 1996 or received a blood transfusion in any of these countries since 1980.)

Why should I donate blood
It isn’t every day you can do something to save someone’s life – but that’s exactly what you do every time you donate blood. Blood is a priceless gift – a lifesaver.

Even the best trained medical personnel, using the most advanced equipment can become helpless in the event a patient needs blood.

The gift of blood can only come from another human being… there are no substitutes.

Blood is indeed something special. It can’t be manufactured and it can’t be replaced by animal blood. Yet statistics show that less than 4% of all possible donors in New Zealand actually roll their sleeves up and give each year.

Be one of those who make a real difference and donate blood every 3 months.

Giving blood doesn’t just benefit recipients. Regardless of who you are, donating blood offers many benefits for donors.

It lets you:

Help save the life of up to 3 people with a single donation of blood
Make a difference in your community by helping others
Develop a sense of commitment to and connection with your fellow Kiwis
Be assured that adequate supplies of blood are available for you, as well as your family and others
Join a very special group of volunteers.

  • The Mobile Blood Drive will be at the school hall, Strathmore Drive on Thursday 9 November from 1pm to 5pm.

For more details or help with transport, phone 0800 448 325 or click here.

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