THE Fiji National Blood Service has renewed calls for people with the rare Rh negative blood group to give the gift of life.
Last weekend, this newspaper highlighted that the Health Ministry was hunting for people with the rare blood group.
After reading the article, two volunteers under the Australian Volunteers for International Development and Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development went to the Labasa Hospital to donate the rare blood.
Sarah Downes and Kally Bushby, who are Rh negative, decided to go to the hospital together and give the sought after blood after learning about the situation.
"We are both regular blood donors in Australia and we are both Rh negative, so when we heard the Fiji Blood Service was looking for donors like us, we decided to go along together," said Ms Downes.
Ms Bushby said: "We were impressed at how friendly and professional the blood service staff were.
"Now that we have donated once, we are on the register to be called on when the hospital needs our blood type.
"If we are needed then we can donate blood two or three times a year as we do at home."
The Health Ministry said earlier only about one in 100 people in Fiji had the Rh negative blood type.
Ministry spokesman Shalvin Deo said there was still a need for Rh negative blood donors at the CWM and Lautoka hospital blood centres.
Fiji National Blood Service co-ordinator Josefa Bolaqace thanked everyone who had given blood.
"And I hope the experience of these two new donors will encourage more people to come forward," he said.
Mr Bolaqace encouraged expatriates living in Fiji to consider giving blood, saying about 15 per cent of people of European descent had the Rh negative type.