TFH Gold Coast Titans lock forward Jai Arrow has today visited the Red Cross Blood Donor Centre in Robina to make a much needed plasma donation.
The Blood Service is currently reaching out to all Australians who are well and able, to take the time to make a donation with one in three people needing blood, or blood products, in their lifetime. At present, only one in 30 currently donate and the Gold Coast region needs more donors, in particular plasma donors.
Arrow last made a donation during Queensland's State of Origin camp earlier this year and thought it was best to make a donation before the rigours of pre-season training commence.
"I've had a good break and thought I'd come down and make the donation before things pick up again," Arrow said.
"I've had a number of family and friends need assistance from the Blood Service over the years and I want to make sure I do my bit to ensure that everyone in the community is given the same support.
"It only takes one hour of your time which is only a small amount when you walk away knowing you are potentially saving someone's life."
Kristy Purnell, from the Australian Red Cross Blood Service is extremely appreciative of Jai's support but is also reaching out to everyone in the community to take the time to donate.
"It's wonderful to see Jai and the Titans bleeding by example and we hope it inspires others on the Gold Coast to roll up their sleeves and donate," Purnell said.
"Over the next four weeks, over 700 donors are needed to donate blood and plasma at the Robina and Southport donor centres.
"Donating blood and plasma is simple. Just sit back and relax on a comfy couch while you donate."
To make an appointment or to learn more about donating blood or plasma, call 13 14 95 or visit donateblood.com.au.