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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, thousands of secondary school students across Australia save thousands of lives by giving blood and promoting blood donation. You can be a lifesaver too!
Are you in Year 10, 11 or 12 and looking for a volunteer/community service role where you can actually change lives?
Become a Club Red 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, you just have to be nominated online by a teacher. Nominations open in Term 1, 2015, but your teacher can register for your school to be involved right now.
Information for students
Information for teachers
If your school is interested in participating, teachers can complete the Expression of Interest form by end of Term 4, 2014 to receive program updates and be notified when nominations open.
You may be able give blood if you:
- are aged 16 or over
- weigh more than 50kgs
- are feeling well
- meet other eligibility guidelines (learn more in our FAQs)
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.
Parental consent form for QLD and WA (98.4 KB)
Club Red is the community donation program of the Red Cross Blood Service. In it, students get together and encourage their friends and school community to give blood.
Each year, your school can compete with others in your state or territory to save the most lives. Find out more in the Club Red Schools Brochure
Club Red Brochure (1.2 MB)
To join Club Red
- Choose a Club Red coordinator for your school (this can be a teacher or staff member)
- The coordinator registers your school to receive an information pack
- Encourage others to join your Club Red group
- Track your group donations online to see how many lives your group saves
Register for Club Red here or call 1300 886 524.
Want to learn more about blood or blood donation? See our info for students.
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.
Got a question?
- Call us on 1300 886 524
- Complete our Club Red online enquiry form