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Who can give
- Australia has one of the safest blood supply systems in the world.
- You can donate whole blood every 12 weeks.
- O negative blood is universal and can be given to anyone.
- Plasma and platelet donations can be made every 2 weeks.
- Every whole blood donation can save 3 lives.
- 1 in 3 people will need blood. Only 1 in 30 gives blood.
- Australia needs over 27,000 blood donations every week.
- 470mL of blood is collected when you give whole blood.
- Within 24-48 hours of giving blood, your blood volume is completely restored.
- Giving blood only takes about an hour.
- Plasma donations can be used to make 18 different products.
- Red blood cells have a shelf life of 42 days.
- 34% of donated blood goes towards helping cancer patients.
- You can start giving blood at 16.
- The blood service has been collecting blood for over 80 years.
- You can donate double platelets – helping twice as many people.
- Platelets have a shelf life of only 5 days.
Every year, secondary school students across Australia save thousands of lives by giving blood and promoting blood donation. You can be a lifesaver too!
Youth Ambassador Program
Be a life-saver. No speedos required!
Are you in Year 10, 11 or 12 and looking for a volunteer/community service role where you can actually change lives?
Become a Red25 Youth Ambassador and you’ll get:
- The chance to save lives by promoting blood donation in your school
- Real leadership, communication and marketing skills
- Community service and volunteer experience towards International Baccalaureate (IB), Duke of Edinburgh, university applications or careers programs
To become a Youth Ambassador, a student has to be nominated by a teacher.
Can I donate blood?
You may be able give blood if you:
- are aged 16 or over
- weigh more than 50kgs
- are feeling well
- meet other eligibility guidelines
If you are 16 or 17 and live in Queensland or Western Australia, you’ll need a completed Parental consent form before you can donate blood.
Want to learn more about blood or blood donation? See our info for students.
Working With Children Checks
Current legislation does not require Blood Service staff to obtain Working With Children Checks for:
- Blood Service promotional visits to schools
- Mobile donor centre visits to schools with Blood Service staff
- Receiving school groups into blood donor centres
- Blood Service staff driving children to and from donor centres
If your school would like to have a Working With Children check undertaken, please have the principal email a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
More ways you can help
For further information on a range of youth volunteering opportunities available with the Australian Red Cross please visit the website redcross.org.au.
Got a question?
Call us on 1300 886 524
Complete our Red25 online enquiry form