Special morning tea for blood donors
Quinn Hautapu has a special place in her heart for blood donors.
The Palmerston North 8-year-old, who suffered from an aggressive brain cancer, proudly showed off her handful of red courage beads at today's World Blood Donor Day morning tea at the Palmerston North hospital.
Each red bead represents a time Quinn received a blood transfusion on her cancer journey and she wanted to personally thank those who donate ''go-go juice'' regularly.
Quinn's mother Roanne said she was grateful for the New Zealand blood service and the donations helped to save her daughter's life.
''We've just come down here to thank the blood donors, without the donors cancer treatment is a lot harder,'' she said.
''The difference in Quinn every time she had a blood transfusion was absolutely amazing. She calls it her go-go juice.''
Roanne's message was for New Zealanders to do it for kids like Quinn.
''Just like the people supporting Quinn have really got behind the blood service.''
New Zealand Blood Service central region recruitment team leader Debra Buchanan said the day was a celebration to thank the donors.
''It's extra special to have Quinn here to thank the donors. This is why people donate, it's for people like her.''
Regular blood donor Jan Bailey said she had been donating for about two years.
''You get a really nice morning tea, it's awesome. It makes you feel good and it's a simple thing you can do to help.''
Debra said the blood service was very low on donations from O positive and O negative donors and encouraged anyone to attend the celebration at the hospital today and give blood.
The morning tea celebration and open day for blood donors is open until 2pm today.