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Discussion in 'Philanthropy' started by bob shovel, 3rd Sep, 2015.

  1. bob shovel

    bob shovel Well-Known Member

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    Are there any blood donors out there?

    I have just noticed that the blood service has updated their group donating title and it's now known as "Red25" http://www.donateblood.com.au/who-can-give/red25
    Basically each time you donate a tally is recorded against the group and you can follow on the website to see how it's tracking. It's another way to get people involved and to give it a go!

    Is this something property chatters would want to get involved in? If your already a donor you just register to the group and your donations are counted to the group and if your not a donor you can sign up and then be added to the group.

    There is a substantial number of members and something that you can do in your own time as you please and somewhere convenient to you. Or get a few people together that are nearby and go to support one another, it's a great excuse for a long lunch to! how can the boss say no ;)

    @Simon Hampel Is this something that could be established? I'd be happy to fill out the registration and add links and progress here for everyone to follow.

    If you haven't donated blood its pretty easy and it goes to a great cause... we all need blood!! Check out the website for more info. All up it usually takes about 45min-1hr and the actual blood part takes around 10min depending on the person. (the "scary parts" are one tiny finger prick to check haemoglobin levels and then the blood taking; it's like a blood test but they take more)
    http://www.donateblood.com.au/who-can-give/am-i-eligible
    http://www.donateblood.com.au/ready-to-donate/what-happens

    Find your nearest donor centre http://www.donateblood.com.au/ready-to-donate/donor-centre
    and there is also a mobile bus (it's very impressive!!) that does the rounds, the website keeps the bus location up to date and its schedule.
     
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  2. JenW

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    I was a regular blood donor for a while. Unfortunately however my ridiculously low iron levels have prohibited me from doing it on an ongoing basis. It really annoys me, I considered it an easy and effective way to give back to the community. I don't even dislike needles.... Apart from my stupid low iron count, I was pretty much the ideal donor. I miss doing it :,(

    Definitely recommend doing it, if you haven't done it before. Give it a go, and save a life or three!
     
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    I am exactly in the same situation. Every time I go to a new doctor I have to explain... No I am not anaemic, I feel completely fine and my iron levels hardly moves even if I take supplements... But even if I am fine, someone else might not be if getting my blood, so I can not donate. :( But my hubbie does it regularly. :)
     
  4. Peter_Tersteeg

    Peter_Tersteeg Finance broker and strategist Business Member

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    I donate blood every 12 weeks and plasma every 4 week. They told me if you give it away you'll never need it back. So far so good!
     
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    Not as often as I should. Need to lift my game here.
     
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    I donate plasma, but have donated blood in the past. I have noticed that I can definitely notice a difference riding my bike if I donate whole blood, but much less so for plasma.
     
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    I cannot donate blood (some malarial antibodies, they say). So, donate plasma instead. Happy to join the group if plasma donation allowed.
     
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    I have never been able to donate blood as born in the wrong country, then lived in the country for the wrong period of time and now severely anaemic. Have to have iron infusions.

    Have a friend who has been donating for the past 40 years and recommends it to everyone
     
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    They bring out a bucket when I walk through the door... I'm O- so they make sure I'm very comfortable as they strap me in the chair for my universal blood. Universal blood sounds cool but not really... my blood can be given to anyone... however my blood is really fussy and only wants it's own type.
     
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    A Great Big Thanks to all the donors! Blood and Plasma...
     
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  11. bob shovel

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    O- too! I have an anti body or something going on which is specifically used for new borns and prem bubs. Pretty cool to know
     
  12. Peter_Tersteeg

    Peter_Tersteeg Finance broker and strategist Business Member

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    Me too! They do show you the love when you're a universal donor.

    Last month they were asking me to consider donating platelets as well. I think I'll draw the line at bone marrow though.
     
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    I'm A+ too spludgey
     
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    D.T. Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    A minus, but count me in for red25 if someone sets it up.
     
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    Good idea - I'd consider joining if I wasn't already part of a group.

    Started donating 2+ years ago, and recently did a few plasma donations, but the testing of my blood from the last few donations showed some abnormal results so I can't donate until that gets checked out by a GP. I've never been a fan of needles so was a bit apprehensive the first few times, but I've gotten used to the process and would definitely recommend it to anyone who hasn't given before - at least give it a try or two if you qualify to be a donor.
     
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    I've donated for ahem, a long, long time, since I was 18. Currently I do plasma four weekly but they will happily take it two weekly. As I'm a public servant I am allowed the time off, four hours a month. Sometimes I am a bit surprised at the hostility of other workers at "taking time off " :(
    I've done platelets in the past but geez, it's hard work so I am happy with my regular four weekly appointment.
     
  18. bob shovel

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    We'll let @Simon Hampel make the call.

    The good part about setting up the group is getting people to try it out plus if your nearby you can have a mini meetup while enjoying a milk shake and biscuit, or go the jatz and cheese with a juice like I do :)
     
  19. Purple Patch

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    I started donating after a mate requested donations for his 50th Birthday. His daughter has Thalassemia and relies on blood doors.
    Currently donate platelets and plasma, and always feel great after hearing how a donation can help so many others. Totally agree with moridog, platelets can be hard work!
    Booked in for Wednesday afternoon. I only wish I had started donating when I was younger.
     
  20. Chilliblue

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    Am AB negative so under 1% of the population but apparently the apparently my AB plasma is universal.

    I was quite sick as a child requiring loads of transfusions so trying to five back now.

    Interesting facts:

    Blood group O is considered the oldest blood type

    In Japan, it's widely believed that blood groups predict personality traits - from temperament to compatibility, to what kind of lover you are to what type of foods you should be eating. For instance:
    • Type A is calm and trustworthy;
    • Type B is creative and excitable;
    • Type AB is thoughtful and emotional;
    • Type O is a confident leader.
     
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