Red Cross is giving blood donors a pat on the back this week.
Red Cross is giving blood donors a pat on the back this week. Trevor Veale

Pat on the back for stepping up to the platelet

AUSTRALIA'S 500,000 blood donors are getting a pat on the back for stepping up to the platelet over the past year.

As National Blood Donor Week gets underway, the Australian Red Cross is celebrating the achievements of its donors.

Each week they collectively give 25,000 donations - or one donation every eight seconds.

READ RELATED: Triple century reached for generous Coast blood donor

Red Cross spokesman Shaun Inguanzo said one in three Australians needed donated blood in their lifetime.

"From cancer patients to road trauma victims, people with blood disorders to burns victims, donated blood has many and varied uses and underpins quality healthcare in Australia," Mr Inguanzo said.

- APN NEWSDESK


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