Big blood drive boost

16/01/2019 Posted by admin

Reece High School student Alex Fennell, 16. donating blood for a good cause with nurse Chris Johns. Picture: Ben HansenFROM the beginning of December, Reece High School students and staff have been participating in a life-saving operation.

One in three Australians will need blood products, so the school had plenty of motivation for a blood donation drive.

Teacher Daniel Franks said there had been lots of interest from the school community, with 40 to 50 students and teachers indicating they wanted to take part.

With 50 donations, Reece High students and teachers will be able to save a potential 150 lives, with each donation being broken down into three components: red cells, plasma, and platelets.

Reece High student Melinda Tyson, 16, donated blood at the Devonport Red Cross Blood Centre with nurse Erin Halley. Photo: Ben Hansen

The donation drive came about when the Reece Student Leadership brainstormed initiatives that would allow students to make a difference in the wider community that didn’t require a monetary donation.

“One of these initiatives [was] a blood drive where staff and eligible grade 10 students have been given the opportunity to donate blood, ” Mr Franks said.

The school’s involvement with Red Cross blood donation drives goes further than donating.

A student several years ago lobbied the organisation to lower the donation age from 18 to 16, allowing schools like Reece High to participate in drives.

“On behalf of the one in three Australians who will need blood in their lifetime, we’d like to say a big thank you to the staff and students at Reece High School for their commitment to blood donations,” Red Cross Blood Service spokesperson Shaun Inguanzo said.

“With no other alternative to fresh blood products on the horizon, Australia will always need blood donors, that’s why it’s so important that young people who are eligible roll up their sleeves and continue Australia’s 80-plus year tradition of blood donation.”

Reece High School’s blood drive will run until December 14.

People outside donate at a number of Red Cross Blood Service locations across the Coast.

For further information on donation centres, contact Red Cross Blood Service on 13 14 95 or visit donateblood老域名.au.

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