Going the distance for life saving blood donations
HAVING blood drawn isn't a traditional holiday activity for most people but that is exactly what Stacey Robertson will be doing next Friday.
The Roma-based swimming teacher is heading off to Southport on a holiday, where her itinerary includes a trip to the blood donation centre - and she will save three lives by giving up a small bag of the red stuff.
"I either do plasma or blood - usually when it is school holiday time they always ask for blood, because they need more of it during that time," Ms Robertson said.
"It has definitely become part of my routine - when I go away to a conference or on holidays, I always try and book in for a blood donation in advance.
"There's even an app when you can book in, I think that's fantastic."
Ms Robertson has donated blood for years and started doing it to face a fear.
"I became a first responder with the Queensland Ambulance Service but had a fear of needles," Ms Robertson said.
"So I started donating blood because I thought it would make me stronger and now I just do it."
The Red Cross Blood Service doesn't have a donation centre in Roma and often locals will travel to the closest one in Toowoomba.
"It's wonderful to see Roma residents so passionate about donating blood and we would warmly welcome their blood donations if they're ever travelling near one of our collection sites," a Red Cross spokeswoman said.
"Australia's a very big country and it's not possible for us to collect blood everywhere."
Like other keen blood donors around the region, Ms Robertson would love to welcome the Red Cross Blood Service to Roma.
"It would be great to see one of the blood vans here but I know it would be hard for them to get it this far," Ms Robertson said.
"I'm sure there would need to be a fair bit of demand for them to make the trip worthwhile."