New blood donors sought in Geraldine

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NZ Blood Service needs your help when it visits Geraldine and Timaru early next month.

by Alexia Johnston

Geraldine residents are being called on to help boost New Zealand’s blood supply.
The New Zealand Blood Service will make one of its biannual visits to the South Canterbury town on December 6, and it is hoped an influx of donors will do their bit for the cause.
Donor recruiter Jane Condell said the number of people donating blood had dwindled over the years. She hoped more people would roll their sleeves up to ensure the 3000 donations needed nationally each week could be obtained.
The latest statistics showed 42,000 patients were treated with blood or blood products nationally each year, she said.
“People are falling off [ in numbers] because of a change in their situation . . . so we always need people to replace those that aren’t able to donate any more.
“We have a target we need to meet [of] 50 units to come out of [Geraldine]. One blood donor donates one unit of blood, which equates to 470mls,” she said.
Mrs Condell was pleased to note some “newbies” had already booked in for the Geraldine event at the domain pavilion, and hoped more would join them.
“We’re still promoting it, so at this stage we would still have a lot of available appointments,” she said on Monday.
People could donate blood by turning up on the day without an appointment, but it was preferable they booked an appointment via the NZ Blood Service Donor app, online at nzblood.co.nz or by calling 0800 GIVE BLOOD (0800 448 325).
The NZ Blood Service will be in Geraldine from 2.30pm to 6.30pm and would also be in Timaru on December 7-8. The Timaru sessions would take place at Sopheze on the Bay from 1.30pm to 6.30pm on December 7 and from 7.30am to 10.30pm on December 8.
“We’re still welcoming people to book in, that’s for sure,” Mrs Condell said, of the Timaru events.
“Appointments can be made for that the same way as Geraldine.”