Burnie goes red for a great cause

Burnie City Council workers have placed red blood drops in trees around the city to promote National Blood Donor Week

Burnie City Council workers have placed red blood drops in trees around the city to promote National Blood Donor Week

The trees around Burnie are looking a little different this week.

Burnie City Council has jumped onboard to help raise awareness for the Australian Red Cross Blood Service for National Blood Donor Week. Red cardboard blood drops have been placed from trees around the city to promote the ongoing need for new blood donors.

Burnie City Council’s General Manager Mr Paul Arnold said, “This week around the city the community will notice red blood drops in the trees, bandages on parking meter boxes and there is a display with information in the foyer of the Council offices in Wilson Street.

“The whole aim is to grab the attention of our community and remind them to donate blood when they can, particularly in these winter months,”

Blood Service spokeswoman Issabel Eaves said one in three Australians would need blood in their lifetime but only one in 30 gave it.

“With demand set to double for blood and blood products in the next decade it’s more important than ever before that new donors roll up their sleeves and give blood,” she said

“Giving blood only takes an hour of your time and every donation saves three lives.

“The best way to say thank you to our 570,000 donors during National Blood Donor Week is to join them and help keep Australia’s blood supplies in the black,” Ms Eaves said.

“Donated blood helps to save the lives of unborn babies, cancer patients, trauma victims, patients undergoing emergency surgery, and those on renal dialysis.”

National Blood Donor Week will run from 17 to 23 July.

To donate, contact the Blood Service today online or on 13 14 95.

For further information please contact

Libby Jowett
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
(03) 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728

Email: ljowett@burnie.net