Observer targets 500 blood donations

GLADSTONE, we need your help.

Each Christmas local blood supplies reach an all time low, but together we can do something about it.

Leading up to Christmas, The Observer's blood drive, called Target 500, will aim to collect 500 donations between now and the end of December.

Gladstone blood service centre manager Bronwyn Sears said the donation of blood leading up to Christmas was vital.

"Blood donations always get low coming up to Christmas, people get busy and don't have time,'' she said.

"But just because it's holidays doesn't mean the car accidents, fires etcetera stop, so we still need the donations.''

Ms Sears said Gladstone needed 4500 donations each year just for local use, a figure the region often fell short of. As part of Target 500, The Observer will be targeting local businesses to get involved and push employees to donate blood.

Ms Sears said any group of eight or more people willing to donate should contact her at the blood bank on 4976 3276 to arrange a time.

The Observer will publish photos and names of some of the businesses who have helped out with the cause, as well as ringing businesses regularly to try and rally support.



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