Community service en masse

Property Brokers Ashburton's, from left, Karen McRae, Meagan Bell, Amy Muckle, Courtney George, Leah Harrison, Kirsty Clay and Mel Perriton were among those rolling up their sleeves to give to the New Zealand Blood Service.

Some of the crew from Property Brokers Ashburton have taken their community service to another bloody level, rolling up their sleeves to give to the New Zealand Blood Service.

Regular donors Meagan Bell and Kirsty Clay, past donors Leah Harrison and Mel Perriton, shared the experience with first timers Courtney George, Amy Muckle and Karen McRae.

Their involvement was part of a nationwide company campaign to help the New Zealand Blood Service after they had put out a call recently for urgently needed blood donors following a massive increase in demand.

Property Brokers colleagues Paul Cunneen and Hamish Niles also turned up to donate but were ineligible due to living in the UK, France or Ireland between 1980 and 1996 when mad cow disease (or vCJD) was prevalent.

The realtors were among a constant stream of people from all walks of life, and ages, who flowed through the door of the Sinclair Community Centre last week for booked donor appointments during the four hour session.

New Zealand Blood Service’s Asuka Burge said the level of demand was challenging when stock levels had been significantly affected by donor cancellations due to Omicron.

“We carefully manage stocks levels to ensure we collect enough of each blood type against forecasted demand. High usage events are planned for, but our ability to meet demand is being stretched.

“We need healthy, eligible people to book appointments, to ensure we can continue to have enough supply to meet demand.

Blood donations take around an hour and can be booked through the NZ Blood Donor app.

New donors are encouraged to find out if they are eligible at and then book an appointment to donate.

Those who have previously been told they could not give blood due to their age or a medical condition are also asked to check the updated NZBS donor eligibility criteria, as they may now be eligible to donate following changes last November. There are eight different blood types, A+, A-, O+, O-, AB+, AB-, B+ and B-.

She said around 31% of New Zealanders are A+ and NZBS needs to collect over 1000 units every week to meet recent demand.

To book an appointment to donate visit, download the App, call 0800 448 325.