Call for Kiwis to donate blood
Posted at 9:03am Tuesday 01 Oct, 2019
The New Zealand blood service will be collecting blood in Warkworth and Mangawhai this month.
They will be at the Mangawhai Library Hall from midday to 5pm on October 8, and at the Warkworth Town Hall from 10am to 3pm on October 9.
Blood service CEO Sam Cliffe says someone in New Zealand needs a blood transfusion every 18 minutes.
“Right now, less than 4% of eligible New Zealanders are blood donors and since 2016 our need for plasma has increased by 38% will continue to grow.
“This year alone we need to collect over 70 tonnes of plasma.”
This year Sir Graham Henry teamed up with NZ blood to make it his mission strengthen the nation's most important reserve bench – the donor registry.
“When I found out so few Kiwis donate blood, I was shocked. We need more people to step-up and become donors,” Henry says.
“The more people that join the reserve bench, the easier it will be for New Zealand to keep up with current and future demand. We can't continue to expect so few to carry the health of our country.”
The blood service says reaching its goal of 100,000 people on the reserve bench would maintain a healthy support system for blood and blood products for the entire country.