Tara Ingham donates blood for the first time.
Tara Ingham donates blood for the first time.

Student's blood is worth bottling

TOO eager to save lives, Gladstone High School student Tara Ingham booked in to donate blood for the first time on her 16th birthday, the youngest a person can be to donate.

Ms Ingham said she knows her school has a group of students that go in together during school hours, but she didn't want to wait to donate for the first time, so she went in on September 1, the day of her birthday.

“It's just something I've always wanted to do,” she said.

Ms Ingham intends to continue donating every three months, with her next appointment already booked in at the same time as her mother, Maria, who has been donating for more than 20 years.

“I went one or two times before (with mum),” she said.

“It didn't feel dizzy, but I did feel a bit queasy.”

“It's easy and it saves lives, so it's worth it,” was the message Ms Ingham wanted to give to people thinking about donating for the first time.

If you're fit and healthy, and aged between 16 and 70, you're eligible to donate.

To make an appointment call 13 14 95 or visit donateblood.com.au.

The Gladstone blood donor centre is located at the Gladstone Hospital.



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