Give blood on way to the cup

RACEGOERS at Murwillumbah racecourse for this year's Melbourne Cup festivities are being asked to stop off at the blood bank on the way there.

Other local residents who may not make it to the racecourse are also being asked to take time out on the day that stops the nation to ensure local blood supplies never stop.

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service yesterday urged race-goers and punters alike to consider including blood donation in their Cup activities.

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service CEO Jennifer Williams said blood bank workers would be conducting a blood collection on Tuesday at Murwillumbah Hospital in Ewing Street from 10:30am - 2:30pm.

“Approximately 40 more donors are needed to help meet the ongoing demand for blood,” she said.

“Nationally, we need 26,000 donations every week to help heal patients in need.

“Every year we have a major drop in donations in Cup week, but whole blood, plasma and platelet donors are still needed to help save lives.”

Ms Williams asked punters to consider “the odds you or someone you love might need blood this year”.

Those interested in finding out more or making an appointment should call 13 14 95 or visit donateblood.com.au



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