Bleeding by example as hundreds give to save lives

This week residents across Cooma will have the chance to save a life- or three- as the Australian Red Cross Blood service comes to town.

The mobile blood unit will be in Cooma on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the council carpark in Massie Street.

There are already 183 people booked in to give blood across the three days but there is room for more.

Australian Red Cross Blood Service Community Relations Officer Sally Gavin said during the last visit in May 161 donations were collected, which included 21 new donors.

"When one donation can save three lives, the Cooma community can make a big difference to many lives. Our last visit in May they saved over 480 lives," she said.

"It is fantastic to bring such a service to Cooma to offer the local community, so we can work together to save the lives of other Australians.

"Having the continued support from the Cooma community will assist us in the future when the need for blood doubles over the next 10 years."

Cooma mayor Dean Lynch is a strong supporter of the service and is encouraging residents to head along, roll up their sleeve and donate some blood.

"The Blood Service appreciates the encouragement Cooma's Mayor, Dean Lynch is giving, he is certainly "bleeding by example" being a regular blood donor," Ms Gavin said.

The mobile unit will be open from 9.40am to 3.30pm on Tuesday and Thursday. On Wednesday the service will operate from 11am to 5pm to accommodate those who can not donate during the day.

Ms Gavin asked that if our donors can't make their appointment, that they advise the service so can other donors can be booked in, to ensure it can collect enough blood to meet the demand of our hospitals.

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