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Students are not afraid of a little blood as AMSA launches annual blood-drive

16 Apr 2018

Monday April 16

Medical students around Australia are rolling up their sleeves in one of the largest blood-drives in the country, organised by the Australian Medical Students Association (AMSA) in conjunction with the Red Cross Blood Service.

AMSA President Ms Alex Farrell said “Launching today, this eight week competition amongst universities is affectionately dubbed the ‘Vampire Cup’, as each medical school competes for the title of the most blood donations.

“Blood donation is critical for our health system to function in many ways. One-third of all donations help treat patients with cancer, and donated blood is also used to manage emergencies, perform open-heart surgery or treat anaemia.

“Australia needs more than 25 000 blood donations each week. Up to one in three people will need blood during their lifetime, but only one in thirty actually donate.

“We are proud to assist the Red Cross for the eleventh year of our annual competition. The Vampire Cup is about making sure our future doctors are confident donating blood and also encouraging the wider community to donate regularly if they are able.

“As medical students, we already see the life-saving use of blood in hospitals everyday. One donation potentially saves up to three lives, and AMSA contributed to more than 7170 lives last year.

“As not everyone is able to donate, we welcome friends and family to donate blood, plasma or platelets to contribute to the tally. We have already had a great start to the campaign with Bruce the Property Spruce from James Cook University putting the word out in Townsville and around the country,” said Olivia Ferry, AMSA Vampire Cup Coordinator.

“This year we are also encouraging people who are unable to donate blood to DonateLife by joining the Australian Bone Marrow Registry or Australian Organ Donor Register”.

The competition runs from 16th April-10th June in order to boost the blood supply before winter, and national DonateLife week will be held from 29th July- 5th August.

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Published: 16 Apr 2018