The hunt for red in October

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Over 100 more donors from Gladstone are needed this month to help bolster blood stocks following a cold and flu driven blood donation slump.

Cold and flus resulted in a seasonal drop-off in donor numbers which extended into September, leaving fewer donors booked-in with appointments in October and beyond.

The Blood Service has launched the ‘Hunt for Red in October’ campaign to highlight the need for more donors this month.

Blood Service spokesperson Belinda Smetioukh said one in three people would need blood in their lifetime yet only one in 30 donated, making October’s hunt for red a serious matter.

“We’re appealing to donors who might not have been able to give in winter to come back and start giving blood again,” she said.

“We’d also like to extend the invitation to anyone else who is thinking about giving blood.

“It only takes an hour to do and you can save three lives with every donation.

“More importantly, you’ll be saving the lives of cancer patients, road trauma victims, pregnant mothers, unborn babies and people undergoing emergency surgeries.”

To learn more about blood donation and make an appointment visit donateblood.com.au or call 13 14 95.