Lifeblood Calls For Donations This Leap Day

The Australian Red Cross Lifeblood invites locals to visit Toowong Mobile Donor Centre with their aim to collect blood or plasma from an additional 5,500 individuals this leap day.

This call is in response to the increased demand brought about by the leap year day, 29 February 2024, which adds an extra day of need for hospital patients.

Time is often cited as a significant barrier to blood donation. However, Lifeblood is hopeful that individuals will utilise the extra 24 hours this month to make a potentially life-saving donation.

A single donation can save up to three lives, making it a truly valuable use of time.

Cath Stone, Lifeblood’s Executive Director of Donor Experience, emphasised the constant need for donations. She stated that approximately 33,000 donations are required each week to assist a wide range of seriously ill Australians. The additional day this year means that over 5,500 extra donations are needed.

Lifeblood is encouraging individuals to schedule an appointment to donate blood or plasma. This act of generosity can transform an extra day into a lifetime for someone in need. Blood is a daily requirement for many, including cancer patients, pregnant women, victims of road trauma, premature babies, and individuals with blood disorders.

In recognition of World Cancer Day, Lifeblood has partnered with the Cancer Council. Throughout February, all blood or plasma donors will receive a limited-edition daffodil bandage designed by Beci Orpin.

Ms Stone highlighted that on leap day, the largest recipients of donated blood will be individuals living with cancer. Approximately 2,000 of the donations made on February 29 will be used for cancer treatments.

To schedule a donation, visit, download the free donate blood app, or call 13 14 95.

Toowong Mobile Donor Centre
31 Sherwood Rd, nearest crossroad Jephson St, Toowong QLD 4066
Open: Monday 25 March to Thursday 28 March 2024

Published 28-February-2024