Becoming a bloody legend …



It’s #WorldBloodDonorDay! One of our lovelies shares her story about donating blood …


The other day I was talking to a friend about the things I do on my day off. I take every Monday off to have a ‘day to myself’. This ‘day’ generally consists of around 1-2 hours of actually doing something for myself, which is usually watching Netflix or sleeping. The rest of the day is filled with running around for the family, cooking, doing reading group with my 6 year old and her friends, and every 3 months donating blood. (I may be glossing over all of the times I get a massage, read, go shopping or spend 5 hours straight looking on Facebook)

My friend, who has never donated before, was pretty surprised that this is something I do regularly and I went on to explain why I do it. So here’s my top 5 reasons for donating blood.

  1. Why not – seriously, unless you have a reason not to, it’s one of the easiest things you can do to help out the community.
  2. The food – the Red Cross put on a seriously good spread. It started with a milkshake and has exploded into the best range of snacks you’ll see outside a kid’s party.
  3. It’s the easiest way to make yourself feel like a bloody legend – I mean you’ll literally save lives. I like to wear the bandage for at least 24 hours so I can tell everyone that I’ve donated, I think it’s good to get some mileage out of it.
  4. It will take about an hour of your day – as long as you are a good bleeder (sorry, that’s pretty gross) it really won’t take much time. You can use the time to read a book, listen to a podcast, or check-in on Facebook (again so everyone knows that you’re busy saving lives)
  5. It’s easy – well…it may hurt a tiny bit when they put the needle in, but that’s it. The nurses are amazing at making you feel comfortable. If you’re keen to be a regular donor, they’ll book you in for the next appointment automatically.

To book an appointment with the Red Cross and you too can be a bloody legend.

Signing off,

Bloody Lovely Legend xx

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  1. I am probably going to sound like one of those ‘back in my day’ old farts, but I would donate to get the extra points for my yr12 certificate. My friend and I once rocked up to donate after a pub crawl and we raced each other to see who could pump the quickest to fill the bag. Our donations probably didn’t get past a BAC test, but it was one more thing she was able to do better than me – which meant we became regular donors and kept a tally of our race. Must get back into it and reclaim that top spot

    • Hi Karen!

      You don’t sound like an old fart but rather a super fun party animal 😉

      I had no idea that giving blood to help your grades was even an option!! Wish I had back in uni so I could of taken advantage! 🙂

      Thanks so much for sharing!

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