On Monday 23rd of July 2018 the VCAL year 12 group went to Warrnambool to donate blood at the Red Cross donation centre. When we went in I was expecting to see the areas split up, bit it was all in one big room. I also thought the process would be more direct (basically you walk in and you donate), but there was more to it than just that. When we were in we were greeted by a lady sitting at the desk and she handed us a bit of paper to fill out. Once I had filled it out another lady led myself into an office/interview room where I had my iron levels and blood pressure tested and I answered a few questions.

When I was finished she took me out to the main room and the blood donation began. First, they had an antiseptic pad that they used to clean the incision area to prep it for the needle. After they let it dry they started getting the blood. It didn't hurt nearly as much as I thought it would have. I sat there for about 10-15 minutes and while I was sitting there, I saw a sign saying that about 34% of the donated blood goes to cancer patients. Before I knew it I was finished. Once I was finished the nurses had me sit in the chair for a little bit to make sure I was alright, and have something to eat and drink. All in all I would do it again and I feel happy that I've saved three lives. by Jacob Hunter