Wonthaggi Secondary College Year 10 student Phoenix  Byrnes-Davies’ blood is taken by Red Cross nurse Vanessa Palmer at the Wonthaggi Mobile Donor Centre at the Woolworths carpark. rg062616

Wonthaggi Secondary College Year 10 student Phoenix
Byrnes-Davies’ blood is taken by Red Cross nurse Vanessa Palmer at the Wonthaggi Mobile Donor Centre at the Woolworths carpark. rg062616

A GROUP of Wonthaggi Secondary Year 10 students saved a number of lives when they donated blood at the Wonthaggi Mobile Donor Centre.
Jenny Fergie’s Year 10 Health class visited the donor centre on Thursday after discovering the van on its last visit to the area.
At the time, student Dan Freeman enquired about donating blood and subsequently Mrs Fergie and three students were booked in to donate this time around.
Dan was one of the students to donate blood and enjoyed the experience of helping another.
“I wanted to help out and give blood because there’s lot of people that need blood during surgery, blood transplants and stuff like that,” he said.
“My teacher Jenny Fergie has helped me a lot with education and showed us how much people need blood.
“I was a little bit nervous but I’ll survive.”
The donors were joined by classmates on the day, who experienced first-hand the process of giving blood and asked questions of the nurses.
The visit tied in well with the health class curriculum and may inspire more students to donate blood.
Mrs Fergie said the exercise was wonderful and opens the student’s eyes.
“Even if they can’t do it now they can think about it for the future which is the most important thing, and it links very well to our subject that we’re doing,” she said.

Blood van in Leongatha next
The Mobile Donor Centre is in Wonthaggi until this Friday, July 1 at the Woolworths carpark and appointments are recommended.
Donors must be 16 years of age to donate blood and meet criteria, which the helpful nurses are happy to discuss with visitors to the van.
The Mobile Donor Centre will be at Leongatha from Monday, July 18 to Friday, July 22 at the Southern Health Building – Koonwarra Road Leongatha.
Appointments are available:
• Monday, July 18 2pm to 6.30pm,
• Tuesday, July 19 11.30am to 5.30pm,
• Wednesday, July 20 10.30am to 5.30pm,
• Thursday, July 21 9am to 3.30pm,
• Friday, July 22 8.30am to 1.30pm.
To book an appointment, call the Red Cross Blood Service on 13 14 95.