Give the gift of blood this Christmas

THIS festive season why not give the gift of life by donating blood at one of the local Red Cross Donormobiles in the lead up to Christmas. It’s the season for giving so be part of Australia’s biggest Secret Santa program.

It’s a free, heartfelt way to give back to the community that can make a real difference to someone’s life and it will only take about an hour of your time.

The Red Cross Donormobile will be at the Maleny Showground on December 20-21 from 7am-2pm (Monday) and 11.30am-6pm (Tuesday), and then Beerwah on December 22-24 from 10.30am-3.30pm (Wednesday), 11.30am-6pm (Thursday) and 7am–1pm (Friday) at 39 Simpson Street, near the Shell service station at the Coochin Creek Co-op. Parking is available at both locations, with public transport easily accessible in Beerwah.

Many people don’t realise that donated blood can be made into 22 different medical treatments, with a third of blood donations used in treatments for people with cancer.

Make sure you drink at least three good-sized glasses of water or juice before you donate and that you have eaten something in the three hours leading up to your appointment.

Remember to bring your photo ID. Bookings are preferred and can be made by calling 13 14 95 or visit