Let’s raise blood donations
I write regarding the article about the great work of our members donating so much valuable blood (Australian Shooter, September 2018). As a long term SSAA member (very proud) and a longer term blood donor (even prouder at more than 500 donations), I fully endorse any and all efforts to increase the flow of donated blood across our hospital system.
The fact is that one in three people will require blood or a blood-derived product in their lifetime but only one in thirty donates. The effort to donate is not great but the result is the direct saving of one or more lives each time.
So to all you SSAA members out there, roll up the sleeve and get into donating blood every 12 weeks or plasma/platelets every two weeks. All you’ll feel is good!
Neil Creighton, via email
05 February 2019