UniSA commits to Red25 program

The Red Cross Mobile Donation Unit. COMMUNITY
The Red Cross Mobile Donation Unit.

The UniSA community helped save more than 3000 lives last year through taking part in the challenge to make 500 blood donations through the Australian Red Cross Blood Service.

UniSA staff, students and friends – who signed up to UniSA’s Red25 program when donating – more than doubled this goal with 1041 donations made to the end of 2015.

UniSA Vice Chancellor, Professor David Lloyd, says the University has now set a new target of 1200 donations for 2016.

“I encourage all staff and students who are able to donate, to join us in meeting this new target,” Prof Lloyd says.

“Blood donation is a unique contribution for people to make – a donation that doesn’t involve a monetary contribution, but is invaluable.

“I am pleased to support UniSA’s involvement in this challenge, and thank all of those community members who helped us reach last year’s target.”

The Red Cross Mobile Donation Unit regularly visits the Mawson Lakes campus and the Whyalla and Mount Gambier regions; while city donors can visit their closest donation centre. When signing up to be a donor, make sure your donor ID is linked to UniSA’s Red25 program.

Community Relations Officer with the Australian Red Cross Blood Service David McFarlane explains that Red25 is a unique giving program uniting organisations around Australia to save lives through blood donation.

“We’re on a mission; to achieve 25 per cent of all blood donations needed in this country to meet patient demand,” McFarlane says.

“Twenty-five per cent is just the right amount to ensure a strong and sustainable foundation for Australia’s blood supply.”

McFarlane shares his top four reasons to donate:

  • Making a donation takes just one hour of your time and every donation saves three lives

  • 25,000 blood donations are needed in Australia every week

  • 1 in 3 Australians will need blood in their lifetime but only 1 in 30 currently donate

  • Cancer patients, new mothers and trauma victims all rely on life-saving treatments from donated blood

The Mobile Donation Unit will be in Whyalla from March 29 to April 1; in Mount Gambier from April 4 to 8; and Mawson Lakes from April 13 to 15. Keep an eye on the student or staff portals for session times closer to the date.

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service will also have a stand at the metropolitan O-Week events, encouraging students and staff to pledge a blood donation.

Who can donate? Anyone aged between 16 and 70 years old, who weighs more than 50 kilograms and is in good health (e.g. no coughs, cold or flu). See the Australian Red Cross Blood Service website to find out more or take an eligibility quiz.

UniSA staff can donate blood during work hours under the ‘Special Leave Procedure’ with their manager’s approval.