Taree Blood Centre is thanking residents who went above and beyond to donate blood leading into Australia Day.
Setting an original target of receiving 55 donations between January 16 and 26 (Australia Day), 72 willing locals rolled up their sleeves to help save more than 216 Australian lives.
"We are very thankful for that and we are very thankful for their generosity and of course an incredible investment, time, energy and blood and their willingness to us to save lives," spokesperson Felix Palmer said.
Felix is hopeful this trend can continue.
"It's an hour of your time.
What could mean an hour of your time could mean a lifetime for someone else.
You are doing something that is relatively painless when you consider the payoff and the fact that you're not only saving one life but saving three with every donation," Felix said.
The Red Cross Blood Service has discovered donations decrease in the lead up to public holidays.
This has prompted Taree Blood Centre to find more “local legends”.
“We do experience a shortfall leading into public holidays so it's really important that we do have active donors in the area that we can call on around those times to make sure that we can meet demand.
“We've actually done a bit of research and there are at least 40,000 locals who are potentially eligible to donate, of which only 2000 actively do," Felix said.
To make an appointment call 13 14 95 or visit www.donateblood.com.au.