The Blood Service’s Mobile Donor Centre visited Whyalla from June 28 to July 1 at the Whyalla Westland Hotel, on McDouall Stuart Ave.
Under the Emergency Services Challenge, SA Emergency Services groups vied for the highest blood count, aiming to support thousands of people around the world
Kimba resident Ian McDonald was torn over which Challenge to support as a volunteer officer for SA Ambulance who also works as a physiotherapist at the Whyalla Hospital.
Mr McDonald, who donated blood in Whyalla last week, is an O Negative blood type, representing only nine per cent of the Australian population.
His blood type is made all the more important because it is a universal blood type most often used in emergency situations and to treat premature babies.
“My work in the health sector means I often witness the need for blood, particularly by cancer patients,” he said.
Mr McDonald said he’s donated blood around 47 times, and said he still enjoys supporting people’s health through his donations.
Blood Service spokeswoman Rebecca DiGirolamo said every week in South Australia about 250 donor appointments were expected to be cancelled over Winter due to colds and the flu.
“Patients fighting cancer, infections and blood disease, and those with severe blood loss, rely on donated blood being available throughout Winter.”