Red Cross calls for more blood donors

BLOOD DONATION: The Mobile Blood Donor Centre will be in Port Augusta from December 18-21. PHOTO: Australian Red Cross Blood Service.
BLOOD DONATION: The Mobile Blood Donor Centre will be in Port Augusta from December 18-21. PHOTO: Australian Red Cross Blood Service.

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service has called for 50 more locals to put their hands up to donate blood in the lead-up to Christmas for Australia’s biggest ‘Secret Santa’ exchange.

The Mobile Blood Donor Centre will be located at Central Oval during its visit to Port Augusta between December 18-21.

Donors who give blood or platelets this December will receive a text message to notify them where their Secret Santa gift is sent.

Blood Service spokesperson Jessica Willet said giving blood was the most important Secret Santa.

“If Secret Santa is about giving anonymous gifts, then blood donation really is Australia’s ultimate Secret Santa exchange,” she said.

“Blood will be needed by road accident patients, pregnant mums, cancer patients and even premature babies every day this Christmas and New Year’s.”

  • Tuesday, 18 December: 1.30pm - 6.30pm
  • Wednesday, 19 December: 11.30am - 7.30pm
  • Thursday, 20 December: 11am - 7.30pm
  • Friday, 21 December: 7.30am – 11.30am

To make an appointment, call 13 14 95 or visit donateblood.com.au