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How About Donating Blood As Well As Organs?!

By tylersmayhem 4 August 2008 42

I’ve just finished reading the topic “Organ donor forms now to go with licence renewals”, and it got me thinking about why so many people don’t donate blood?  I’ve always been a keen blood donor, but since I have been overseas for about 5 years, I can’t donate for about 12 months.

The Red Cross have been screaming out forever about the need for blood, and often I think people don’t even consider it, until someone they know is in an accident, or worse – and need some of the precious red stuff.  Somehow I think if the Red Cross handed out coin (like they do in the US), there would be plenty more donors.  This is sad really!

Get out there and start saving lives Canberra – and I’m interested to hear why so many Canberrans don’t donate.

[ED – dubious locality and news value but I’ll let it through this time as I know Tylersmayhem has been gagging to get a story posted]

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astrojax 11:59 am 06 Aug 08

but I think you severely underestimate needle phobias. I would love to give blood, but I go to pieces even going for a simple blood test.

mdme, i have now given almost 40 donations and can’t bear to watch the needle. doesn’t stop me – i just don’t watch!

as for the comment that said it was a time burden, a couple of hours of your time a couple of times a year is too much? now, how much time did you waste last week in front of useless tv?

tylersmayhem 8:49 am 06 Aug 08

Good to hear you are donating New Yeah – it just didn’t sound at all like it in your original post. Speaking of biscuits and peterh’s comment – they don’t give you a biscuit to say “thanks”, they do it so you don’t fall over.

Like New yeah said quite well, donating anything from yourself is quite a selfless act. It seems there is the expected few out there who always expect something back when they give something. And the only time this changes is when they or someone in their family get hurt or sick.

I realise also that there are many out there who cannot donate for one reason or another. I urge you to give it a shot if you’ve never donated before. When my wife and I met, she had never donated, and was quite scared to do it. She came along with me one day to give it a go. after a few times, she was the one booking us in and urging us to go.

I;m just trying to get some awareness out there everyone. Thanks to everyone who donates!

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