You’ve probably noticed dwindling numbers in your office this week.
Maybe your neighbours have already left for their beachside summer holiday.
There are more empty seats on the bus, less traffic on the streets.
Yes, the late-December lull has well and truly begun.
And while for many of us it’s a time we all look forward to each year – a time to relax away from work, and catch up with friends and family, there’s one Australian institution that can’t afford a “lull” period.
Why? because lives depend on it.
The Australian Red Cross Service has made an urgent call out for blood supplies at the time between Christmas and New Year, as they fear their stocks will run dangerously low. Stocks crucial for treatments of cancers such as leukaemia or lymphoma.
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The service requires 4,500 donations to bolster supplies, amid fears their regular donors will take a break.
They’re particularly concerned that if their donation requirement is not met, life-giving blood stocks may run to worrying lows between Boxing Day and January 2.
One blood product from donations vital to the treatment of cancer is platelets – which have a shelf-life of just five days, meaning a constant supply is needed.
Blood Service spokesperson Helen Walsh said with 13,000 Australians diagnosed with blood cancers each year, many will be relying on donations over Christmas.
“Information from the Leukaemia Foundation shows on average a patient with blood cancer undergoing eight months of treatment needs around 18 people to donate blood each month,” Helen said.