How to Save a Life

If you were given the chance to save someone’s life, would you?

It’s not a difficult question for most people. We all like to think that given the opportunity we’d save another person’s life.

I’m hoping I saved a life or two yesterday.

I headed off to the Australian Red Cross Blood Service branch in Cannington after work to get hooked up and be relieved of around half a litre of the red stuff.

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service says that every donation of blood can save three lives.

Maybe this is the time for you to get involved.

If you’re like me and you don’t like needles, can I encourage you to do it anyway? A few seconds of discomfort for you could mean that you hand someone another chance to live. A good friend of mine used to require regular blood transfusions to stay alive. My discomfort is so minor to what she endured.

Do you donate blood? I know that there are reasons preventing some from giving blood but can I encourage you to consider donating if you don’t already? It feels good to know that someone may be able to live a fuller life, recover from illness or even have their life saved because you’ve taken the time to do the right thing.

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About the author

Rodney Olsen

Rodney is a husband, father, cyclist, blogger and podcaster from Perth Western Australia.

He previously worked in radio for about 25 years but these days he spends his time at Compassion Australia, working towards releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name.

The views he expresses here are his own.

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