Angels of Blood Bank service in town

DOING THEIR BIT: This group of ladies generously lend their time and support to assisting donors each time the Australian Red Cross Mobile Blood Bank comes to town. Pictured (front, from left) are Ros Burge, Caroline Kingston, Margot Lyne, Patsy Crowe and Wendy Rickett, (standing) Elaine Macky, Jan Gavin, Wendy Gardiner, Nancye Hicks, Anne Steinke, Sandra Fallon and Meryl Morgan. Five volunteers were missing from yesterday’s morning tea and meeting. YESTERDAY volunteers from the Australian Red Cross Mobile Blood Bank in Cootamundra met to coordinate rosters for the upcoming year.

With a team of close to 20 volunteers, local coordinator Nancye Hicks, herself a volunteer, is blessed.

The volunteers operate in conjunction with the Red Cross nurses who take blood from generous donors.

Their role involves checking donors in including checking their donor numbers, giving them a drink and a biscuit after their donation to ensure they are right to be on their way and where applicable booking future appointments.

Cootamundra bats above average in terms of donor numbers. We are one of the most generous towns in the district with dozens of donors arriving at the mobile unit, which sets up outside the Council office in Wallendoon Street, each time it arrives.

On their last visit to town on December 30 and 31, Nancye reported that about 35 donors arrived on the first day and with a shortened day due to New Year’s Eve the next day, 23 made their way through.

Donors come from all walks of life, some attending off the street when they see the bus and others making their appointment in advance.

There are men and women in suits and men and women in work boots. Young people, old people and those in between. There are mothers, farmers, businesspeople and tradies. Anyone can give blood and in Cootamundra they do in droves.

Donations are not allowed by those under 18 years of age and there are some health requirements which must be met to be eligible to donate.

Important information for those donating is they must drink up to four glasses of water or juice in the hours before they donate and ensure they have eaten a good sized breakfast or lunch.

They are also required to have their ID with you.

For more information and to make an appointment with the Australian Red Cross Mobile Blood Bank please phone 13 95 96 or visit www.donateblood老域名.au.

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