Halloween hunt for blood donors
LISMORE Blood Donor Centre is on the hunt for fresh blood this Halloween to help build up life-saving stocks for cancer patients.
Staff dressed as vampires, witches and a host of other scary staples, will be on hand to help donors.
There's no trick but blood donors are guaranteed a free treat after they donate, with a range of delicious refreshments including chocolates, biscuits, sausage rolls, milkshakes and coffee, available.
Saturdays are critical for the Blood Service, with donors in high demand to ensure sufficient supplies of blood to treat cancer patients.
Australian Red Cross Blood Service spokesman Marlene de Kock urged trick or treaters to donate blood this Halloween.
"Cancer patients are the biggest users of blood in Australia, and blood donations are vital during their treatment," she said.
"While fake blood for Halloween parties will be in plentiful supply, there is still a constant need for real blood across Australia, particularly on weekends.
"We are calling on the Lismore community not to freak out about donating blood; many people wouldn't survive serious illnesses without blood donor."
The Lismore Blood Donor Centre needs 52 donations across the next few Saturdays to help patients undergoing chemotherapy.
Across the country, Australians need 25,000 blood donations every week.
It takes an hour to donate, and each donation can save up to three lives.
Lismore Donor Centre is open every Saturday from 9am to 1pm. The centre is located at Level 1 Bounty St, Lismore.
To find out more or to make an appointment contact the Australian Red Cross Blood Service on 13 14 95 or visit www.donateblood.com.au