More than 750 first time blood donors need to donate blood across Perth this month to meet patient needs.
In an effort to find some extra recruits, the Blood Service has teamed up with the Perth Wildcats to launch the new Blood Substitute Video Campaign.
As part of the campaign, two players who were unable to donate blood ‘subbed in’ at the workplace of two donors, enabling them to take time off to donate blood.
The first video, to be released today, features Vice-Captain Greg Hire subbing in for a City of Wanneroo Ranger.
“Wildcats players couldn’t donate blood during the season due to playing commitments, but what we were able to do instead was donate an hour of our time so someone else could roll up their sleeves,” Greg Hire said.
“Blood Substitute gave me an opportunity to try my hand as a City of Wanneroo ranger; searching for an abandoned vehicle and undertaking beach patrol, but more importantly I was able to help save three lives.”
Blood Service spokesperson Jessica Willet said it was hoped new blood donors would be inspired by the players to roll up their sleeves.
“The need for blood is constant and we need new first time blood donors to roll up their sleeves every day to ensure people fighting cancer, new mums and bubs and trauma patients get the blood they need.”
If you want to make a difference, make an appointment to give blood. Visit donateblood.com.au or call 13 14 95.