MORE than 180 locals donated blood at the Port Lincoln Mobile Blood Donor Centre last month, among them were 11 first-time donors.
One of the first-time donors, Courtney Evans said she was not able to give a lot of money to charity but she was able to find time in her day to donate blood.
“I’m of the belief that if you can do something, you should and this was something I could do to help,” she said.
Miss Evans said she had family members who had been unwell so donating blood was a in part a way to help them.
She said donating blood was something most people were able to and took hardly any time.
“It is something you can do in your lunch break, I think after I filled out the paperwork it was about six minutes to when I was giving blood,” she said.
“I spoke to someone while I was there who had been donating blood since they were 17 and I just hope I can give blood and help like that.”
Blood Service spokeswoman Rebecca DiGirolamo said the donations from last month would help to save the lives of 549 Australian patients.
“We would like to thank our Port Lincoln donors for saving the lives of hundreds of people and encourage donors to start thinking ahead and book an appointment for our next visit in May,” she said.
Ms DiGirolamo said the mobile centre’s next visit coincided with the start of the cold and flu season so there could be many regular donors too ill to donate.
“So we are asking those Port Lincoln residents who haven’t given blood before to make their first donation when we next visit town and save three lives,” she said.
“All it takes is one hour.”
The Mobile Blood Donor Centre will be back in Port Lincoln from May 28 to 31.
To make an appointment to donate blood call 13 14 95 or visit www.donateblood.com.au