Give blood, save a life! Yes, it’s true. On your final day of the #28GivingDays Challenge, we ask you to quite literally bleed for a good cause. But in a very good way.

We’ve all got it and we all need it. It is something we take for granted, but imagine how scary it would be to discover you were sick and there wasn’t a single vial of blood available to offer you the life-saving transfusion you need?

Giving blood is one of the simplest ways of giving, that costs you nothing, and can mean the difference between life and death.

The Australian Red Cross supplies blood to people living across seven million square kilometres every year. They collect 1.4 million blood donations annually.

One in three Australians will need blood in their lifetime, yet only one in thirty actually donate. Blood can be given because of trauma, surgery and pregnancy, with one third of all donations helping treat people with cancer.

The World Health Organisation says: “A decision to donate your blood can save a life, or even several if your blood is separated into its components — red cells, platelets and plasma — which can be used individually for patients with specific conditions.”

Blood can only be stored for a limited amount of time so there is a continuous need for fresh donations.

What you can do to give blood or support organisations who provide this service – it’s too easy

If you can’t give blood because of age or health criteria, and your employer provides workplace giving with Good2Give, you can make a pre-tax donation to the Australian Red Cross here.

Are you taking part in the 28 Days of Giving Challenge?
To celebrate 
#GivingTuesday, we are asking Australians to give a little each day and then share their efforts with a photo or post on Facebook or LinkedIn. All you need to do is tag @good2give #28GivingDays #GivingTuesday with your post, and our team will elect their choice of the two best photos and donate $200 to that person’s charity of choice.

Find out more here