Give blood. Give now. Give often.


With the daily barrage of crises and emergency situations around the world, the natural human response is: “What can I do? How can I help?”

Give blood. Give now. Give often.

That is the slogan for this year’s World Blood Donor Day. On June 14 every year, this day is celebrated globally to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank blood donors for their life-changing gifts of blood. 

Blood donations can currently be made into 22 different medical treatments, including for heart disease and open heart surgery. But this barely scrapes the surface of the possible applications.

Blood donations are also vital for progressing medical research, such as that being conducted by the Thrombosis Group at the Heart Research Institute.

The Group and the Charles Perkins Centre are developing new therapies to protect Australians from blood clots that cause heart attack and stroke, and are calling for blood donations. "We need a donor a day at the moment to do all the testing needed to advance this exciting research," says researcher Jessica Lee. "We're even able to accept some donors who are not able to donate to the Red Cross Blood Bank service."

Find out more

Find out more about the Thrombosis Group’s exciting research and how you can help.

Donate blood for crucial medical research

Simply email or phone (02) 8627 4104 to organise your blood donation.

  • Blood donors must be aged between 18 and 60 years and not currently taking anti-clotting or anti-inflammatory medication, including aspirin and ibuprofen.
  • Donors give between 100 and 400ml of blood per donation, with collections held at the Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney in Camperdown, between 8 and 10am.
  • Donors receive $10 per donation as reimbursement for their travel or parking costs.

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