GIVE yourself a pat on the back Gladstone.

In a recent blood donation challenge, Gladstone residents made 454 donations - coming in third place.

In total, towns across Queensland made 18,140 donations throughout the campaign, saving a remarkable 54, 420 lives.

Donating blood is such an easy way to make a difference in your community, but sadly, the numbers of people actually donating aren't huge.

One-in-three people will need blood in their lifetime, yet only one in 30 currently donates.

Before I donated blood for the first time last year, my excuse was always that I was scared of needles and it made me feel squicky.

Fast forward to giving birth to four children and needles no longer bothered me - during pregnancy you undergo copious amounts of blood tests and the fear I had disappeared.

Also, as my blood type is A-, I also had to have anti-D injections, to stop my body from rejecting a baby if it had a positive blood group.

Don't get me wrong, I still don't love needles, but they don't reduce me to a blubbering mess at the mere sight of them.

I love the fact that when you donate blood you are saving three people's lives.

Although one bag of my blood is just a small drop among all the donated blood in Queensland, it' awesome to know that it helps save lives.

Did you know that every single day someone needs blood or blood products?

They are used to treat cancer patients, anemia, people with heart disease and burns, people with stomach and bowel disease, orthopaedic patients, babies and pregnant women and trauma and accident victims.



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