By Danielle Kutchel
One in three people in Pakenham will need blood in their lifetime – and the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood is calling on residents to roll up their sleeves and donate.
A pop-up blood donation clinic has opened its doors at the Pakenham Community Hall Library, and residents will be able to book in to donate until Friday 5 March.
The precious red liquid will be used to save the lives of those who need it.
“It’s used to treat those involved in road accidents, cancer patients, those undergoing surgery, and even pregnant women and new born babies among countless others,” a spokesperson for the organisation said.
“We all expect blood will be there when we need it, but it’s only there because generous blood donors have rolled up their sleeves to give the gift of life.”
Bookings are essential at all Australian Red Cross Lifeblood centres to ensure social distancing, with the added benefit of reduced waiting times for those coming in.
Donating blood is Covid-safe, with masks worn in the centres, temperature checks and additional cleaning helping to keep the community safe.
Visitors who would like to donate should book ahead of time at lifeblood.org.au, via the Donate Blood App or by calling 13 14 95.
Donors should also bring photo ID and have plenty to eat and drink before their donation.
If you aren’t sure if you’re able to donate, call Australian Red Cross Lifeblood to discuss your circumstances.
The pop-up blood donation clinic is located at the corner of John Street and Henry Street, Pakenham, and is open from Monday 22 February until 3pm on Friday 5 March.