A girls day out with a purpose

JAYNE Clohesey has been donating blood at Red Cross Bendigo for 18 months. 

"A girlfriend told me to do it," she said. 

"So we had a kind of girls day out and donated together.

"I've been doing it ever since."

Ms Clohesey say she does it because she is fit and healthy. 

Australia Day is just around the corner and blood donations are crucial. 

Long weekends put a strain on the nation’s blood supply.

There are fewer days to collect the more than 27,000 blood donations needed every week to treat people in need and there can be an increase in demand for blood and blood products during holiday periods.

Blood is vital to life and for many people blood donors are their lifeline.

Currently only one in 30 people give blood, but one in three people will need blood in their lifetime.

It is sometimes thought that the majority of donated blood helps those involved in accidents and emergencies.

However, most of the blood is used to treat people with cancer and other serious illnesses.

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