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FAQs - why donate

If you have a question about why donors are needed please take a look at our FAQs below.

You can also check our full list of FAQs for comprehensive information on blood donation.

  1. 01

    Blood is vital to life and for many people blood donors are their lifeline. Currently only 1in 30 people give blood, but 1in 3 people will need blood in their lifetime.

    Modern processing techniques mean that a single blood donation, when separated into its components, can help at least 3 different patients and contribute to making up to 22 different products (including potentially life-saving immunisations for chicken pox, hepatitis B and tetanus).

  2. 02

    It is sometimes thought that the majority of donated blood helps those involved in accidents and emergencies. However, most of the blood is used to treat people with cancer and other serious illnesses. Find out more.

  3. 03

    Every week Australia needs over 27,000 blood donations.

  4. 04

    Long weekends put a strain on the nation’s blood supply. There are fewer days to collect the more than 27,000 blood donations needed every week to treat people in need and there can be an increase in demand for blood and blood products during holiday periods.

    Also, many people are away on vacation over public holidays and are unable to donate.

    To help boost blood supplies over public holidays please call 13 14 95 or make an appointment online.


  5. 05

    Currently there are just under 504,000 voluntary unpaid donors in Australia.

    In 2013 the Blood Service collected 1.32 million lifesaving blood donations. 

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    Australian Red Cross Blood Service is a national not-for-profit organisation that forms part of Australian Red Cross. We are supported by the governments of Australia and are responsible for providing the Australian community with safe, high quality blood and blood products, and organ and bone marrow services for transplantation. We do this with the support of more than half a million voluntary blood donors.

    The Blood Service is active in many areas of the health industry. These include vital services related to bone marrow, organ and tissue donation, tissue typing for transplantations, research into blood and blood products, donor and product safety and blood transfusion.