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What is Vampire Cup?

Vampire Cup is AMSA’s annual blood donation drive, run as a competition between Australian and New Zealand medical schools to see who can donate the most blood! The Red Cross Blood Service facilitates our national blood drive with each university having a Red 25 blood donation group to electronically record donation numbers. In 2017, the competition will run over eight weeks from July 24 to September 17 with each whole blood, plasma or platelet donation counting as 1 point to your university tally.

The race to save lives begins before graduation with students able to donate as many times as possible during the eight week period in order to claim glory for their university. As not all students are eligible to donate blood, any donations from family, friends, colleagues or acquaintances can count towards their university tally – so spread the word and get donating!

Current donation numbers for 2017 are available here but ensure you change the dates inputted to the current date to view the most updated results!

Why donate blood?

Vampire Cup aims to increase blood donations while emphasising the importance of blood donation in the community. The competition is run at the end of winter as blood stocks are low during this period. Australia needs more blood donors. Currently, 1 in 3 will need blood during their lifetime but only 1 in 30 donate.

How do I get involved?

To get involved in Vampire Cup join your university’s Vampire Cup Facebook group. The donation process itself is simple. To make an appointment, book online at donateblood.com.au or call 13 14 95. When you donate, write your Red 25 university group on your enrolment form or fill out a Red 25 form. Alternatively, join your Red 25 group online. Find your organisation below.

UNIVERSITY

COMMUNITY ORGANISATION NAME

Australian National University

ANUMSS

University of Adelaide

AMSS

Deakin University

MEDUSA

Flinders Medical School

FMSS

Griffith University

GUMS

James Cook University

JCUMSA

Notre Dame University Sydney

MANDUS

Notre Dame University Freemantle

MSAND

Bond University

MSSBU

Curtin University

CMS

Monash University

MUMUS

Sydney University

SUMS

University of Tasmania

TUMS

University of Melbourne

UMMSS

University of New England

UNEMSA

University of Newcastle

UNMS

University of NSW

UNSWMS

University of QLD

UQMS

Western Sydney University

WSMS

Wollongong University

WUMSS

University of WA

WAMSS

What is involved in a blood donation?

There are three types of blood donations: whole blood, plasma or platelets. Everyone starts by donating whole blood. You must donate one whole blood donation before you are eligible to donate plasma and at least one plasma donation before you can donate platelets. Whole blood can only be donated once every three months; however, you can donate plasma or platelets every two weeks or four weeks after a whole blood donation.

Whole Blood

Whole blood is separated into its components of RBCs, plasma and platelets to be used for a range of conditions from major blood loss to patients undergoing cancer treatment.

  • Donation time = ~15mins to donate; add 30-45mins for paperwork + interview
  • Donation frequency = once every 3 months
  • More info

Plasma

Plasma is used to create 18 different blood products required lifelong for many patients with bleeding disorders, immune-deficiencies and rare diseases.

  • Donation time = ~45mins to donate; add 30mins for paperwork + interview
  • Donation frequency = once every 2 weeks (or 4 weeks after whole blood)
  • More info

Platelets

Platelets can only be stored for 5 days and as such are constantly needed. Only males can donate platelets in Australia due to a reduced incidence of Transfusion Related Acute Lung Injury (TRALI) in recipients.

  • Donation time = ~45mins to donate; add 30mins for paperwork + interview
  • Donation frequency = once every 2 weeks (or 4 weeks after whole blood)
  • More info