This Easter, along with the bilbies, bunnies, and hot cross buns, how about you make it eggstra special and give something even more precious – your blood!
School holidays are here, and as Easter approaches, the demand is on for blood donors.
With that much extra traffic on the roads, you know we’ll need donations.
Hopefully you or yours won't be the 1 in 3 that use it!
Demand for blood increases in the lead-up to and immediately following any long weekend, so Australian Red Cross Blood Service has put out the call for donors past, present, and potential to donate ahead of the holidays to help ensure there's enough of the precious stuff to go around. One donation can save 3 lives. Blood can be made into 22 different medical treatments. Plasma can be made into 18 life-saving products. 1 in 3 people will need a blood transfusion at some stage of their lives.
Locally, over 50 appointments are needed to be filled over the next couple of weeks across the Coast to prevent a critical shortage of blood products needed by cancer patients and road trauma victims.
GOSFORD BLOOD BANK is at Riverside Park, 69 Central Coast Highway West Gosford.
Regular opening times:
- Monday & Tuesday: 12-8pm
- Wednesday: 10.30am – 5.30pm
- Thursday to Saturday: 8am – 3.30pm
CLOSED Good Friday April 14th
OPEN Easter Monday April 17th, 8am-2pm
OPEN Saturday April 22nd 7.30am-3pm
CLOSED ANZAC Day April 25th
There are also mobile donor centres out and about across the coast ahead of Easter and Anzac Day – at Erina Fair, Woy Woy Hospital, Mingara Village, Bateau Bay Square, Westfield Tuggerah and the Business Centre on Reliance Drive, Wyong RSL Club, Lake Haven shops, and Berowra Community Centre.
- Easter Saturday 15th April
Stockland Wallsend (Cowper Street, Wallsend) – 18 more donors required
- Tuesday 18 - Friday 21 April
Morisset Multipurpose Centre (Dora Street) – 15 more donors required
- Monday 24 April
Zenith Business Centre (Reliance Drive, Tuggerah Business Park) – 20 more donors required
- Wednesday 26 April
Doyalson RSL Club (Pacific Highway, Doyalson) – 5 more donors required
Call 13 14 95 to book an appointment.
Or book online at https://www.donateblood.com.au
If you are between 16 and 70 years old, weigh 50kg or more, and generally fit and healthy, you’re just their type!
And you can donate whole blood products or plasma, which is also needed.
Click the pic below to see if you can help fill the gaps where it’s needed most