I was just about to donate my 50th pinta and earn my letter opener from the Red Cross when they changed the rules here and stopped taking it, BUT I am still on the bone marrow registry AND I have been called for that once about 10 years ago - I think the need outweighed the risk of CJD, but it turned out that I have CMV like most adults so couldn't donate my bone marrow at that time anyway. I'm still on the register!
While on discrimination ......... a separate issue which once again singles out the UK and us Expats ....... why does the SBS have dedicated news services from umpteen countries but not from the UK when we (the British Expats) are in fact the largest ethnic minority group in this country? I can watch French, German, Spanish, Polish, Rusian, Greek, Arabic, Filipino, Malaysian, Chinese news and more but nothing British. Where's the equality in that?
Last edited by wizzywozza; 23-10-2009 at 09:43 AM.
Not trying fire up anyone here, so before it all kicks off and people jump on their high horses, this is NOT directed at anyone in particular, and not related to the OP but about the comment on the news by SBS. Australia in a natural English speaking countr, and as suc, 99% of programming is in English, including the news. SBS put on Italian, Polish or any other regions news in the home language of that region for immigrants here who's first language is not English. And pretty sure if something major happened in Britain, then it would be covered on Australian news broadcast in English. This country is far from discriminatory, in fact due to the immigrant nature of the country, it can't afford to be, and is by far one of the most forward thinking countries in the world towards things like these. Yeah some rules suck, and some people don't agree with them, but thats the laws and rules of this great land, and if we want to live here, then we have to just accept them.
I agree with you Diane as we too used to donate every six months from early teens.
But if thats the way it is ACCEPT IT !!!! Your in Oz and should accept their way !!!!
It does hurt.
I was a regular donor of O neg which is a much in demand type.
Both red and plasma.
Offered at Red Cross but nope- due to the above conditions.
Yet I can donate my organs on my driving licence!
It rankles when I hear the call on the radio.
yeah I got refused blood donations because of BSE, least they`re consistant. Nothing wrong with me, definatley not. MOOOOOOOW