Every year over 1.5 million Australian’s toll up their sleeves and make a blood donation.


Blood donation is a life-saving act that can have a huge impact on the lives of others. Just 1 blood donation can save up to 3 lives. While it may only take a few minutes to donate (and despite its importance!), many people are still hesitant to donate blood due to misconceptions or a lack of information about the process. Currently we see only 3% of Australians donating this much needed resource.

The need for blood is constant. It’s use varies from treating medical conditions like surgery, cancer treatment, and the treatment of chronic illnesses. In fact, 1 in 3 people will need blood or blood products in their lifetime. This equates weekly to more than 29,000 donations to meet demand.


How does Blood Donation work?

Donating blood is a relatively quick and simple process, only taking around 10-15 minutes. The team at your local Red Cross Lifeblood centre are trained professionals, looking after you from beginning to end of the donation and ensuring the process is stress-free. Afterwards you are treated to a complimentary snack and drink, and you can be back again to donate after 12 weeks for blood, and 2 weeks for plasma.

Did you know that 470ml of blood is taken when you donate? This is around 8% of the average adult’s blood volume but is fully restored within 24-48 hours. After your donation is taken the centre will usually then separate the blood into red blood cells, plasma, and platelets before being distributed to those in need.

At Springwood Sports Club we are very proud to have team members in our community who actively partake in blood and plasma donations – we even have our own team at our local Lifeblood centre in collaboration with the Clubs Challenge!


It’s time to make a difference!

Donating blood is a simple and incredibly important act that makes a huge impact on the lives of others within our community. By donating blood this National Blood Donor Week 2024, you can help save the lives of others in need and make a big difference to the wellbeing and livelihood of those affected. Now is the time to check if you’re eligible and consider donating blood today to help make a positive impact! Find out more on the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood website here.