Anthea Childs and her daughter Vivienne at the new Modbury Blood Donor Centre. (Supplied: Red Cross Blood Service)
An Adelaide mother who needed almost eight litres of blood products after suffering a rare pregnancy condition, is hoping her story will encourage more South Australians to donate.
The Red Cross Blood Service is calling for 1,000 South Australians to give blood and plasma from Boxing Day to January 2, to avoid a shortage in supply.
Anthea Childs from Mawson Lakes is hoping to donate at today’s official opening of the Modbury Blood Donor Centre.
She said she’s aiming to repay the 16 units of blood donations she received after giving birth to her daughter five years ago.
“It was one of those things I just put off, all the time, even when I was younger,” she said.
“I was like, ‘oh that should be a good thing to do’ but I never did it, and it isn’t really until you go, ‘oh, if I didn’t have those blood donations, I wouldn’t be here’.”
Blood service board chairman Jim Birch said the new centre was opening just in time for an expected shortage of 500 blood donors and 500 plasma donors across South Australia, with appointments below 50 per cent on Boxing Day and December 30.
“While many of our regular donors are busy or away over the Christmas and New Year break, thousands of Australia patients will still be relying on blood donations to treat cancer, blood disorders, emergency blood loss through childbirth and trauma and other serious conditions,” Mr Birch said.
The new centre will be officially opened by Health Minister Peter Malinauskas.
The Modbury Blood Donor Centre has been funded with contributions from Federal and State Governments, and at double the size of the former site is expected to collect an extra 3,700 donations each year at full capacity.
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