NURSES from Red Cross are in Wonthaggi this week taking your blood!
The nurses have been working from a van in the Wonthaggi Woolworths car park taking blood from locals to donate to people in need.
Inside the van, messages written on the walls include ‘good opportunity to give back’ and ‘gave me a break from the kids’.
Two life-saving young men, Dan Freeman and Phoenix Byrnes-Davies from Wonthaggi Secondary College each donated half a litre of blood last week.
It was the Year 11 students’ second year donating blood to the Red Cross. “I know that so many people get sent off to hospital,” Dan said.
“After my first donation, I got a phone call from the Royal Children’s Hospital saying my blood was received and that one of the kids wanted to send me a letter.
“The kid that got the blood, about 15, he sent a letter with a card saying how much he appreciated it.”
Dan has a universal blood type, O negative, so his blood can be given to any patient.
In return for their blood, Dan and Phoenix each received a free biscuit, but the biggest reward was knowing they were helping save lives.
Anyone aged 16 to 80 can donate blood.
To see if you’re eligible, go to www.donateblood.com.au/eligibility or call 13 14 95.
While the Wonthaggi van is almost booked out for this week, the Red Cross van will be returning in November for three weeks.