Thursday, 6 October 2011

30 Before 30 - #29 Give Blood

The first time I tried to give blood was earlier this year, February 22nd to be exact. I was sitting in the mezzanine floor of the Heritage Hotel in the Square, reading through the information and ticking boxes about what I hadn't been in contact with when my lunch break was suddenly interrupted by the 6.3 magnitude quake and I got out of there as quickly as I could.

I was sick for my last appointment and they don't like sick blood!

So, third time lucky, today I gave blood. And there's not much to report really. I was a tad scared, but the needle wasn't huge and it only hurt as much as having blood taken for tests (which I do yearly anyway). I would encourage you to sign up to give blood if you are able - you never know when you might need it!

A couple of interesting facts:
  • Blood only lasts 35 days
  • 42,000 patients are treated with blood or blood products in New Zealand each year
  • Only 4% of us currently roll up our sleeves and donate
  • With each donation YOU can save up to three lives
  • They require 3,000 donations EACH AND EVERY WEEK to meet hospital needs
Check out the NZ Blood Service website for more information.

See my original 30 Before 30 post here
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