Blood donations reach Target 500
By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au
OVER the last five weeks Gladstone residents have helped save over 1000 lives.
Yesterday Bridget McNee became the 500th person to roll up their sleeve for The Observer's Target 500 blood drive. Bridget took up the challenge of donating blood as soon as she turned 16.
"I don't know why I do it, I guess because it saves lives in accidents and gives quality of life to sick and injured people,'' Bridget said.
The amount of blood donated by the Gladstone region during the blood drive would fill two standard household bathtubs.
Gladstone blood service manager Bronwyn Sears said without the Target 500 appeal they would have struggled to collect the 370 donations needed for use just in the Gladstone region. "I am very impressed. Once again Gladstone has turned it on,'' she said.
But beyond providing local blood stocks, Ms Sears said Target 500 had also helped raise awareness of the importance of blood donations.
Through Target 500 we have been introduced to locals who have had their lives saved or changed dramatically from blood donations.
"It (Target 500) has really helped raise awareness,'' Ms Sears said.
However while Ms Sears was happy with the effort over the last five weeks, she said there was a need to maintain the regular donations.
"We need to now maintain the number of donors,'' Ms Sears said.
"We have formed relationships with lots of work groups and social groups, so we are looking for them to keep it going in the future.''
"People can now see it's not just a bag of red stuff that goes somewhere.
Ms Sears praised local businesses for supporting the challenge and The Observer for facilitating it.