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Five reasons that will make you want to donate blood

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1. It’s the quickest and easiest way to save someone’s life- Let’s face it, we all want to make a difference, but many of us don’t feel we have the time to. Donating blood is a quick and easy way to impact someone’s life. The whole process only takes up a mere hour of you day, and your donation can save up to three lives.

2. Someone we know will require a blood donation– Blood donations are actually more common than most of us think. One in three Australians will need a blood donation in their lifetime. However at the moment, only one in 30 Australians donate blood.

3. Most blood donations go towards treating people with serious illnesses– It’s safe to argue that many people believe that most blood donations go towards surgical patients. However, more than a third of blood donations go towards treating people with cancer and blood diseases such as leukaemia, aplastic anemia and lymphoma. Other types of people that blood donations help include surgical patients, heart, stomach and kidney disease sufferers, orthopaedic patients, pregnant women, new mothers, young children and trauma patients

4. It’s good for your health- Whilst taking 10% of your blood may sound daunting, donating blood actually has many health benefits. It reduces the risk of heart disease, liver, lung, colon stomach and throat cancers. It also enables your body to replenish blood, which helps the body stay healthy, function better and work productively.

5. It’s a really easy, pain free process– Do you enjoy laying down and doing nothing? Donating blood is basically procrastinating for a cause. All you have to do is turn up to the blood donation centre, get a quick health check and chill out for an hour- the trained nurses do the rest. After all your not- so- hard work, you get a free feed- score!

To find your closest donation centre, call the Australian Red Cross Blood Service on 13 14 95 or visit http://www.donateblood.com.au/ready-to-donate/donor-centre

Sources:

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service- Blood Donation Fact Sheet- http://www.donateblood.com.au/files/2013BloodServiceStatisics_S.pdf

Lifehack- 8 Benefits of Donating Blood That You May Not Know About- http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/8-benefits-donating-blood-that-you-may-not-know-about.html

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Author: youngbloodcampaign

An initiative to encourage young Australians to become blood donors.

7 thoughts on “Five reasons that will make you want to donate blood

  1. Just like organ donation, it’s all about helping save someones life. For those who are healthy enough to be able to donate, jump on board- that tiny bit of blood goes a long, long way! Fantastic campaign, keep up the great work!

  2. Absolutely! Thank you for your continuing support – we appreciate it!

  3. Thanks for posting! I started donating blood as soon as I could, when I turned 16. I also encouraged the rest of my family to do the same. Having since been diagnosed with anemia, I’m no longer able to donate. In fact, it’s entirely possible that at some point in the near future I myself may need a blood transfusion. I really support your cause. So many Australians are unable to donate whether it be due to illness, sexuality, recent travel etc, so it’s really important that those who are able to donate do it. It’s such an easy way to save a life!

  4. The comparison between those who donate blood and those who need blood is quite startling. This is a great campaign, and hopefully can raise more awareness about this issue. I also didn’t realise that donating blood can be good for your health! Very interesting 🙂

  5. Pingback: But I’m not dead yet! How can I donate? « The Gift of 10

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