5 figures at the heart of donation
There’s a lot going on at Lifeblood. We’ve put together 5 facts to get to the heart of what happens in a year around here.
There are 96 donor centres across Australia
We couldn’t collect anyone’s donation without state-of-the-art donor centres. There are almost 100 across the country including mobile donor trucks as well as permanent centres.
502,000 voluntary blood and plasma donors
That’s right — more than half a million volunteers generously give up their time to come in and donate during the year. To put that in perspective, there are 525,600 minutes in a year. If we were open 24/7 and nobody donated more than once, we’d be seeing a donor every 62 seconds!
98,400 of those donors are brand new
Almost a fifth of the people who walk into a donor centre are doing it for the first time. We’re really grateful when people decide to give back to the community in a new way like this.
1,596,800 individual blood, plasma and platelet donations
All up, our donors give life an average of 3.1 times a year. That means we collect a staggering amount of donations. Then, we need to test, process and ship them off to hospitals across the country. Some of them go straight to patients, others are turned into medical products and treatments — it’s amazing how much life-giving power is in each donation.
2,320 litres of donated breast milk
But it wasn’t just blood products we dealt with this year. We also helped mums donate enough breast milk to help feed 1,000 vulnerable pre-term babies.
Our donors are our lifeblood. You’re indispensable and inspirational, and none of this would be possible without you.
Want to keep it up? Book your next donation today.