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Gallagher declares year of blood… donors

johnboy 10 March 2009 33

No it’s not the start of a leadership push.

Rather Katy Gallagher has named 2009 “the ACT Year of the Blood Donor”,

    The launch was held at the Australian Red Cross Blood Service (ARCBS) Blood Donor Travelling Exhibition. The Exhibition, which will be in Canberra until 12 March 2009, encourages individuals to find out their blood type and highlights how ordinary Australians can help to save lives through blood donation.

    “It is estimated that 1 in 3 Australians will need blood products at some time in their lives,” Ms Gallagher said. “Yet just 1 in 30 Australians give blood.”

    “This year the Blood Service is appealing for more than 100,000 new blood donors, in addition to the 40,000 who registered following the bushfires in Victoria.”

I’m not allowed to give blood on account of being a mad cow. So the rest of you better get down there and bleed.


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Vic Bitterman Vic Bitterman 10:57 pm 10 Mar 09

That’s a great link skid, thanks.

I haven’t really considered giving blood since my last time circa 1993, have been using the excuse of at that time when I fainted spectacularly afterwards, sending plates and cups crashing. I recall waking up on the floor…

Do you reckon I’d be OK again? Perhaps a question I need to ask the Red Cross!

SheepGroper SheepGroper 7:14 pm 10 Mar 09

I’d like to donate but I really hate needles, donating when I can watch naked guys might distract me enough . . .

Furry Jesus Furry Jesus 6:30 pm 10 Mar 09

Can I donate naked?

Granny Granny 6:03 pm 10 Mar 09

I reckon if I go and lend Kramer my blood for his bike accident the least he could do is pack me a liverwurst sandwich frankly.

Granny Granny 6:03 pm 10 Mar 09

*groooooan*

I love liverwurst sandwiches and sausage rolls and malted milkshakes. Bother this diet!!

astrojax astrojax 5:51 pm 10 Mar 09

i might get a tattoo of being scared of needles – nah, scotch that, will file into the bus again in work hours and give my fortieth donation next time round…

was better in sydney years ago when i started and they used to give you liverwurst sandwiches and sausage rolls and malted milkshakes. s’all good but, go and bleed people!

Kramer Kramer 4:32 pm 10 Mar 09

VG – who cares what someone looks like, if they do a good job then it shouldn’t really matter. Wait a sec – we’re talking about Katy – scratch that.

Kramer Kramer 4:30 pm 10 Mar 09

The FAQ on the Blood Service site only says within the last 12 months. So if it’s been over a year since you last saw some action you should be fine 🙂 Otherwise, if you meet the conditions as I stated earlier, you should give them a call.

vg vg 4:26 pm 10 Mar 09

Shame Katy didn’t declare it the year of doing her hair and dressing like a person in public office, not like someone who slept in the clothes she wore.

And yes, as a person in high public office a standard of appearance is a necessity (and don;t give me the old busy mother and politician crap, plenty of busy mums and dads take 30 secs out of their day to look unscruffy)

Steady Eddie Steady Eddie 4:12 pm 10 Mar 09

Kramer said :

Steady Eddie said :

Surprising to hear someone in the Stanhope government promoting an organisation and service which blatantly and openly discriminates against gay men. I wonder what Andrew Barr thinks about this?

If you are gay, have a monogamous relationship, practise safe sex, and have done so for 12+ months, then I can’t see why they would refuse your donation.

Wrong. Anybody who has *ever* had sex with a gay man is forbidden from donating.

farnarkler farnarkler 4:11 pm 10 Mar 09

I’ve been back in CBR three weeks after a decade in the UK. I’ll get my coat.

Kramer Kramer 4:08 pm 10 Mar 09

Steady Eddie said :

Surprising to hear someone in the Stanhope government promoting an organisation and service which blatantly and openly discriminates against gay men. I wonder what Andrew Barr thinks about this?

If you are gay, have a monogamous relationship, practise safe sex, and have done so for 12+ months, then I can’t see why they would refuse your donation.

Kramer Kramer 4:04 pm 10 Mar 09

If you get a tattoo, then you can’t donate for 12 months.

Although methinks there is a disproportionate number of people here who have lived in the UK for 6+ months 😉

If you’re scared of the needle – look away, exhale gently, and think happy thoughts 🙂
…and think of the milkshake afterwards (that’s if you’ve gone to the blood bank at Garran, and not the donormobile).

Steady Eddie Steady Eddie 4:02 pm 10 Mar 09

Surprising to hear someone in the Stanhope government promoting an organisation and service which blatantly and openly discriminates against gay men. I wonder what Andrew Barr thinks about this?

Jivrashia Jivrashia 3:58 pm 10 Mar 09

Pommy bastard said :

Which is a shame as I’m O rh-, the universal donor.

I’m a Universal Recipient… (AB+)

What does this mean?

Well, firstly it means that I can accept any bloodtype for transfusion, short of a fake blood made up of tomato juice that are used in movie props. That’s the good part.

Here’s the bad part. My blood is only good for myself, and 2% of the Australian population (e.g. it’s worthless to 98% of the population as they cannot accept my blood type).

So, for me to donate blood at the RC blood bank is not so dissimilar to dumping torn, unuseable, clothes at Vinnies…

(goes off to sulk)

Jim Jones Jim Jones 3:23 pm 10 Mar 09

Thanks Skid – I was interested in the eligibility. The tattoos and piercings rulings (along with mad cow) will probably keep me out of contention for at least another decade or so.

emd emd 3:18 pm 10 Mar 09

Thanks for the reminder, I’ve just booked my donation.
The very nice person who did the booking said there was a big increase in donations following the bushfires. But they’ll still have a big ongoing need for donations of plasma etc for burns treatments, as well as the usual increase in need for donations during winter when regular donors may be laid low with colds etc.

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 3:15 pm 10 Mar 09

Skidbladnir said :

Quit making excsues, people.
Just call them and ask them to go over the eligibility criteria over the phone on 13 14 95.

Or do the online quiz on their website where you will find ;

“Lived in the UK for over six months between 1980 and 1996? Yes; Hope you had a ball, but itmeans you cannot donate.”

Which is why some here cannot donate,.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 2:54 pm 10 Mar 09

Quit making excsues, people.
Just call them and ask them to go over the eligibility criteria over the phone on 13 14 95.

Big ones for most people are:
Younger than 17 or older than 70?
Are pregnant now, or have given birth in the last 9 months?
Travelled to an ‘at-risk’ country?
Ever self-medicated with a needle, when it was not prescribed?
Had sex with gay\bi men this year? Sex with a new partner this year? Sex with a sex worker this year? Worked as a sex worker this year?

(or look here for the full list:
http://www.donateblood.com.au/page.aspx?IDDataTreeMenu=88 )

Bel Bel 2:44 pm 10 Mar 09

Just found out that you can’t give blood for 9 months after giving birth. Good to know 🙂 I will have to donate after then.

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