Service is a real lifesaver
THE Robina Red Cross Donor Centre celebrated its second birthday last week, but there will be no "terrible twos".
For two years, the centre has been averaging 50 to 60 bags of blood products every day.
Donors, volunteers and staff gathered at the centre for the celebration. Centre manager Jackie Diljore said there was real reason to celebrate.
"We are proud to say that through the hard work of our team of staff and volunteers, and the generosity of spirit shown by our donors during the past two years the centre has collected over 14,500 blood donations from Gold Coasters, saving over 43,000 lives."
Kings Christian College Year 12 student and Club Red Youth ambassador Nitika Balaram, 17, takes a group of five senior high school students to the Donor Centre every week.
"With help from school and my fellow youth ambassadors I've set up a roster for eligible students in Year 11 and 12 to donate blood on Wednesdays," she said.
"This role is not only personally rewarding, but also helps young people realise the significance of our seemingly small sacrifice.
"It truly is amazing to think that one donation can save three lives."
The O-positive youth ambassador said some students were hard to convince.
"You need to tell them about the cause ... and there's always the free food."
Donor Services area manager Geoff Murphy said the Robina centre had been integral when the floods and cyclones that hit Queensland
earlier this year closed other centres.
"There was enormous pressure on the Gold Coast to maintain blood supplies," Mr Murphy said.
"Robina had a wonderful year."