If you asked someone why they don’t donate blood, what answers would you expect? A fear of needles? Concerns of running out of blood? Don’t know where to donate?
What about because Europe’s on sale?
A study conducted by the Australian Red Cross Blood Service discovered that whilst Australians between 18- 25 are highly motivated to donate blood, reasons such as travelling, changes in lifestyle, inconvenience, a lack of control in the process and getting a tattoo prevented them becoming repeated donors.
They found that getting Gen Y’ers motivated to donate wasn’t the problem; it was more that the blood donation process wasn’t Gen Y friendly.
Between the everyday task of performing a balancing act between our education, working, procrastinating and maintaining a social life for sanity reasons, booking an appointment to donate blood can seem a little inconvenient.
To make it worse, the excitement of getting an international tan or your favorite Flume lyrics tattooed on your forearm often leaves donating blood the last thing on your mind.
So what can you do to make sure you save three lives whilst making sure yours is still awesome?
Think of donating blood as part of your pre- holiday or tattoo pump up process. Instead of getting a tattoo or travelling as a limit, think of it as an opportunity to donate blood.
Finding out when your university or TAFE is holding a blood drive is another way to make blood donation a simpler process. Instead of watching YouTube videos in the library between classes, visit the blood van and donate. You’ll contribute to an awesome cause and get a free meal at the same time- score!
The most important solution is remembering that the blood donating process is actually quite quick. Once you’ve donated blood before, the prelim testing isn’t required. All that’s left for you to do is rock up to your local Australian Red Cross Blood Donation centre, pull up a sleeve and enjoy some guilt free relaxation.
After all, it only takes an hour of your time (or an episode of Breaking Bad) to change someone’s life.