Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) today joined the community chorus calling for more people to become blood donors.
TRC Acting Mayor Cr Carol Taylor said World Blood Donor Day offered a timely reminder about the vital service.
“The generosity of blood donors can not be overstated. Regular donors perform one of the most selfless acts in our community,” Cr Taylor said.
“Everyday these valuable donations save and improve the lives of people with serious medical conditions, including patients on dialysis, cancer patients and haemophiliacs.
“Apart from patients undergoing regular treatment, no one can foresee when injury or an accident will require emergency intervention.
“Thankfully, there are people who continue to give regularly, but the Blood Service always welcomes new donors to keep stocks available for all uses.
“Red Cross statistics tell us one in three Australians will need blood or a blood product during their life. One in 30 Australians presently donates blood.”
TRC Finance and Business Strategy Committee chair Cr Mike Williams added his support for the Blood Service’s life-saving work.
“TRC actively supports giving blood and is a top five member of Red25 in Toowoomba, with 188 staff participating in the program,” Cr Williams said.
“Council also is a leading contributor to the service’s annual corporate Blood Challenge in Toowoomba and across the state, finishing second in the most recent Queensland event.
“TRC staff have given more than 160 donations this year. This means TRC staff have helped save 486 lives through their generosity of spirit and commitment to blood donation.
“Council is supporting the Australian Red Cross Blood Service this World Blood Donor Day through the #Missing Type campaign.
“#Missing Type aims to raise public awareness about blood types A, O and B. It’s important to know your blood type and to donate if you can to help save lives.”
For details, please visit www.donateblood.com.au
Caption: TRC Finance and Business Strategy Committee chair Cr Mike Williams with Australian Red Cross Blood Service community relations officer Sandee Thompson, before making a blood donation.