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Gallagher declares year of blood… donors

By 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 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 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 6:30 pm 10 Mar 09

Can I donate naked?

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 6:03 pm 10 Mar 09

*groooooan*

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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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).

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