My name is James Walsh and I am a Year 11 student who recently donated blood to the Australian Red Cross. Overall, I found it to be a fun and rewarding experience. I encourage everyone in Years 11 and 12, who is eligible, to take the opportunity to donate.
After arriving at the donation centre, I found myself in a friendly and relaxing environment as other students and I waited. When it came time to donate, I was seated in a comfortable recliner chair as a needle was injected into my arm. There was a slight pinch, but it slowly faded. I sat there, eating a cookie and sipping on apple juice, until they had extracted enough blood from my vein.
Afterwards, we received many thanks from the kind people there, and were given free food and drinks. I left feeling good about myself, and not feeling drowsy surprisingly. If you are thinking about donating, sign yourself up ASAP. There is nothing to worry about, plus there's free food and drinks, wonderful people, and a sense of achievement waiting for you. Thank you to Mr Walker, Mr Juniper and Mr McLaughlin for organising and providing transport.
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