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Why you should give blood and not chocolate this Easter


INSTEAD of giving chocolate this Easter why not consider donating blood to potentially help save the lives of three people.

We all know someone who is or has been affected by cancer – these are the people who benefit the most from blood donations.

At the moment across Queensland, and probably other states and territories, there is a dangerously low number of people booked in to give blood over Easter.

This is not good, because the Australian Red Cross Blood Service needs 27,000 blood donations each week to ensure there are adequate supplies across the country.


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Many of you will be surprised to learn that most of the blood isn’t used for people in accidents or emergencies.

Most of the it is used to help people with cancer and other serious illnesses.

Right now the blood service is “really concerned” that some products with short shelf lives will run out before they are able to be replenished with new donations.

These are the products that cancer patients in particular rely upon to help them through their chemotherapy treatments.

And if people don’t give blood over the Easter period then lots of sick people will get a lot worse.

Most donations centres are open during Easter – you just have to ring or search the web to find out specifics.

I LOVE Damon from Vampire Diaries - we need a poster boy like this here in Australia - YUM

I can’t guarantee Damon will be there but you never know 😉 YUM

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Some facts to consider:

1. Only one in 30 people donate yet one in three will need blood at some stage during their life.

2. The reason the need for blood is constant is because it has a limited shelf life.

3. Giving blood takes only one hour of your time and it can help save the lives of three people.

4. Provided you are fit and healthy, and aged between 16 and 70 years, you may be eligible to give blood.

You’ll probably even get a free biscuit – SCORE!

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For more information call 13 14 95 or visit www.donateblood.com.au

Have you ever given blood? What was your experience?

DISCLAIMER (not sure why I did one but it looks kinda cool when people do it)

I wanted to post this because I’ve recently written an article on the subject and I think it’s a great cause.
Did I get paid – hell no!
Will I ever get paid or be given some awesome freebies to write something on my blog – I bloody hope so!


Author: Have A Laugh On Me

I'm a mum to three, write from home and I rarely cook, craft or clean but admire those who do. I try to live by the mantra that there's no point in worrying about something that might not happen! Be warned this is not a fluffy, sweet mummy blog, rather a place where you can cringe, laugh and be shocked at my brutally honest take on my life.

63 thoughts on “Why you should give blood and not chocolate this Easter

  1. This is so important. I haven’t given blood because I have such low iron and am so run-down running around after the kids. But I intend to when they’re older and I’m in better shape.

    A little girl at my daughter’s school has been battling leukaemia for the fast 12 months and blood donations have been so important in her recovery. The good news is that after a year in and out of hospital, she’s back at school and on the mend. Thanks in a large part to blood donations.

  2. I haven’t given blood for ages, being pregnant on and off. Last time I tried my veins were all pathetic and collapsey and it didn’t work! Am definitely going to try again ASAP.
    I bloody want to get paid to blog crap too. Maybe in another 5 years… Sigh…

  3. I used to enjoy giving blood until I was told that I could have mad cow disease from living I the UK in the 90s (which is true in some ways, I’m quite mad), so I can’t anymore. Perhaps I will give chocolate to some people instead. great encouragement post nonetheless.

    • I’m totally a mad cow – but here are the official rules – Em xxx

      ” Currently we exclude people from donating who:

      Have resided in the UK between 1 January 1980 and 31 December 1996 for a total (cumulative) time of 6 months or more,


      Have received blood transfusions in the UK since 1 January 1980.”

  4. I so need to do this, keep putting it off! Lets book it in for Easter 🙂

  5. Ummm why is everything in BOLD???

  6. Okay thanks for explaining that xx

  7. I was a regular donor till just before I was diagnosed with cancer. Great post Emily and a fab cause to give a freebie too.

  8. I would totally do this if I wasn’t so low iron. Must get checked again to see if I can. Phwoar to the lovely blood donor image. I’m off to google Ian, not that I’m getting distracted or anything!

  9. Such a great post; I love that you are spreading awareness about donating blood, what an awesome cause. I also love that you put a pic of Ian Somerhalder up :oD

  10. Great post Emily and definitely worthwhile. I really wish they had a blood donor facility close by – when I give blood it wipes me out for the entire day! Such a wuss! Something to do with low blood pressure – though I am going to add it to the list for my next actual week in Perth.

  11. Fantastic post. A seriously important cause and one I need to investigate. Ditto to your disclaimer!

  12. Great idea for a post Em. I’m under a bit of a health cloud at the moment, so I’m the donor John West rejects. Prior to that I had 20+ donations to my name! Hopefully I’ll get to add to my total in the near future! Good on you for spreading the word!

  13. Great post. It didn’t even occur to me that blood donations mostly go to people with illness such as cancer. It’s kinda obvious now, so thanks for sharing!

  14. Hi Em, good to remind people. I am a frustrated blood donor as I get knocked back because I lived in the UK and ate meat. I know I don’t have mad cow disease!! Take my blood. I always was a donor before and am I real believer in blood donation and organs too… but not in a hurry for the latter. Are you coming to DPCon???

  15. My husband is O Negative – the ‘universal donor’ so he is in big demand. Down here in Tasmania you can’t donate without making an appointment which makes things pretty tricky. They did used to make you an awesome chocolate milkshake afterwards however (NSW was even better….you used to get ACTUAL Chocolate there)!!!

    • OOoo your hubby will be in demand! I think appointments are preferred in most cases, although I think you can walk off street at some places. And I think they still give choc at some places in QLD too! Thanks for visiting, have a great weekend 🙂

  16. I wanted to donate blood for the first time a couple of years ago when the van was in my town and then I found out I was pregnant and since then I’ve either been pregnant or breastfeeding so excluded from being able to donate. As soon as I am eligible t though I intend on doing it, with so many people in my family affected by cancer its the least I can do.

  17. I to am also a rejected donor 😦 for health reasons, but for years my good old hubby has donated blood. Great post, its a topic that needs to be made more aware, so many people are unaware that the majority of people who need the blood are seriously ill and are in desperate need

  18. I would – oh sob oh sigh – but they don’t want my blood because of some medication I am taking 😦

  19. I used to regularly give blood, we had the blood van come to work and I’d go out for a coffee and a chat. They don’t want my blood these days though, I’m too anaemic.

  20. I really need to get on this. Mike donated over his Christmas holidays. I need to do it b/c last time I was at GC hospital my blood type was the one they needed urgently! Will call them and arrange to donate on my next day off. Thanks for the reminder. xo

  21. Fab post Em. Wish I could donate but I have pathetic veins – the last time I went they politely said ‘thanks but no thanks – save them for your old age’ cos they keep collapsing and need kids’ butterfly needles. Oh – plus the iron issue. My hubby donates enough for both of us, I try to tell myself. DId you mention the free food? THey have AWESOME free food when you donate!

  22. My husband and I donate every 3 months. The only reason my husband goes though is to get the raisin toast at the end. I have to order raisin toast too, just so he can have two pieces!! We always have a completion to see who can donate the fastest!

  23. I agree they must be in short supply as they have phoned us – we have children with rare blood types – so we are on our way to give next week.

  24. Excellent reminder, Em!!!
    We’re not that big on Easter over here so donating blood is a much better idea. Haven’t done it in ages. In fact, last time I did I almost passed out. Maybe that was because I hadn’t had breakfast, though 🙂

  25. Yeppers X Infinity!
    Well said!

  26. I cannot donate blood due to Epilepsy, But I wanted to share awareness of it. Here is my USA Blog, Updated Daily.

    DONATE BLOOD AND RECEIVE A FREE ?????? THREAD – Ongoing – USA – Free SportsTickets, Water Parks, Movies, Meals + More! http://www.fatwallet.com/forums/free-stuff/1069506/

  27. This is such a great post, and it did make me laugh. Seriously speaking though, good on you for blogging and raising awareness of such an important topic. i have given blood in the past, but with daily life being as busy as it is, I haven’t been donating as often lately!

    I really want to do something about it and your post has reminded me of the importance of it all!


  28. Excellent Post Em. I really need to get on to it some day.

  29. Great cause we can all get involved in. I have given on the past and just been told by the gp to take iron supplements so no blood giving for the time being..

    • It seems there are many of us that are low in iron and unable to give for certain reasons, it’s a tough job this motherhood business, takes it out of us for sure. Thanks for visiting and commenting 🙂 Emily

  30. I’m absolutely ashame of myself to say that I have never given blood… Something I would like to do this year. Thanks for raising awareness on this subject Emily.

  31. Reblogged this on RobinBloodDrive and commented:
    Everyone in every country, state or island should Give Blood instead of Chocolate #ENGLCE

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